Kōrero: Adoption

Hard-to-place children

Hard-to-place children

It has often been difficult to find adoptive parents for children with physical or intellectual disabilities. Wainuiomata child Michael Bridgeman – seen here in 1988 with his adoptive parents Kevin and Jan Bridgeman – was an exception. Michael, who had Down syndrome, was adopted by the Bridgemans in 1984, joining their family of seven children and stepchildren. This busy family atmosphere, combined with the parents' experience caring for foster children, helped Michael to settle in quickly.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1988/4032
Photograph by John Nicholson

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Anne Else, 'Adoption - Growth in adoption', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/26051/hard-to-place-children (accessed 23 May 2022)

He kōrero nā Anne Else, i tāngia i te 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 18 Apr 2018