Orphan Train Movement

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In the United States today over 250,000 children are placed into the foster care system yearly, more than 20,000 of which age out before getting adopted. There are many scenarios that may remove these children from their families, and enter them into the system. Situations of neglect, abuse, parental deaths or incarceration that do not warrant opportunities for children to be taken in by other relatives, to name a few. (AdoptUSKids)
Children without proper housing and guardianship has been an issue since the beginning of time, dating back to biblical records. During the mid 1500’s children from poor lifestyles were often placed into indentured homes where they had to work for their living space. This practice often led to abuse, but
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He wanted to be able to bring about a change in the futures of these children so they would be able to experience a family life style, and lessen their suffering. He started the Orphan Train Movement, in which over 150,000 New York orphans were sent to live and work on farms. The conditions were not perfect. Many of the children were treated properly with love and respect, while others still were being abused, neglected and over worked. While Brace’s system was not without flaw, it is the foundation on which today’s foster care system is still structured. (“Foster Care: Background…”; “Foster Care History…”; “History of Foster …show more content…
Children’s needs began to be considered when being placed into homes. The federal government began allowing and supporting inspections of family foster homes. (“Foster Care: Background…”; “Foster Care History…”; “History of Foster Care…”) Brace’s Children’s Aid Society has helped initiate the advancement on a host of child welfare laws, including, but not limited to, child labor laws, adoption, foster care services, and nutrition and vocational training. Children’s Aid has changed foster care for the better. It works with both the birth parents, if available, and foster parents to ensure the best possible living conditions and lifestyle for the child(ren). The first priority is to try and maintain permanency with children and their biological families. If this is not feasible, the foster families are prepared on the assuredness of adopting these children. In the minimal situations where the previously mentioned outcomes do not come about, the children are placed in loving homes through their Adoption Program. (“Foster Care

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