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Article: Adoption

To the Saulteaux, adoption did not take place in the European sense (Papers, policy, etc). When children lost their parents it was the responsibility of the immediate or extended family to make sure that the children were looked after. Parents and Grandparents would sometimes agree that the Grandparents would look after one of their Grandchildren, usually the first born. A relative who did not have any children would be asked if he or she could look after a child by the parents because they felt that the child would be given the attention that he/she needed. These types of adoptions were verbal agreements between two parties that were honoured until such time when the child was grown up or wanted to go back to his natural parents.