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Letter from the National Children Adoption Association, Knightsbridge, London, October 24, 1942,

Letter from the National Children Adoption Association, Knightsbridge, London, October 24, 1942, This letter was sent to Helen Atkinson's parents from the National Children Adoption Association to make them aware that a baby had become available for them to adopt if they so wished. The baby is referred to as Maureen in the letter but her adoptive parents renamed her 'Helen' later on. The letter tells an all too familiar tale of a yound girl who became pregnant, in this case, by a married man in the R.A.F. As she was only 19, she and her family decided it would be in her and the baby's best interests to put the baby up for adoption. The circumstances in which this adoption took place couldn't have been more dangerous. Helen's adoptive parents however, travelling from Newport Wales, were willing to risk a journey through war-torn Britian to provide a little baby with a loving home. 'Baby Humphreys', now called Helen Atkinson, was adopted by her parents as a six week old baby during the Second World War.

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