The State Children Relief (Amendment) Act of 1896 was important because it allowed the State Children's Relief Board to board children out with their own mothers, if they were deemed respectable. On the other hand, the Board also gained the power to sue parents of illegitimate state children for their maintenance.
This Amending Act also provided guidelines on adoption, declaring that any parent who surrendered their child for adoption should have no further control over the child, unless the State Children's Relief Board decided otherwise.
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29 July 2021
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/nsw/NE01177
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