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adoption agency in Knightsbridge (London)
« on: Thursday 01 March 18 08:22 GMT (UK) »
This is a long shot, but any information would be welcome. In the 1970s my mother worked at an adoption agency in Knightsbridge near Harrods. I remember distinctly going with her on a number of occasions when she would disappear inside a building and come out with a baby. My job, sitting in the back of the car, was to hold the baby while we then drove to somewhere else and handed it over to 'its parents'. Being very young I simply thought how nice it was to see how pleased the people were with their babies: I don't remember ever wondering where the babies had come from and I'm not even sure I knew what 'adoption' meant! I can't remember the name of the agency and I don't know what my mother's role was apart from this transportation of the babies. If anyone knows anything more I should be very interested. I should also like to add that I now feel deeply sad for the mothers of those children, many of whom may never have seen them again. A memory very much of its time!
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Re: adoption agency in Knightsbridge (London)
« Reply #1 on: Friday 02 March 18 13:12 GMT (UK) »
I had a quick look in "Where to find adoption records" by Georgina Stafford.

One entry stood out.

Listed as The Knightsbridge, but that's a colloquial name for the National Childrens Adoption Association. They operated from 1917-1978 at various addresses including 71 Knightsbridge.

I googled "National Childrens Adoption Association" and not surprisingly there were several hits.

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Sherry-Paddington & Marylebone,
Longhurst-Ealing & Capel, Abinger, Ewhurst & Ockley,
Chandler-Chelsea

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Re: adoption agency in Knightsbridge (London)
« Reply #2 on: Friday 02 March 18 13:55 GMT (UK) »
Thank you! Yes, it was 71 Knightsbridge! So now I know it definitely was the NCAA. Most grateful.
Condick; Bull (Herefordshire only); Layard; Wilmot; Southgate; Fowlie (Singapore branch); Usher (Dundrum); Kelley (Lancashire);