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Raising Government Children: A History of Foster Care and the American Welfare State

Catherine E. Rymph


In the 1930s, buoyed by the potential of the New Deal, child welfare reformers hoped to formalize and modernize their methods, partly through professional casework but more importantly through the loving care of temporary, substitute families. Today, however, the foster care system is widely criticized for failing the children and families it is intended to help. How did a vision of dignified services become virtually synonymous with the breakup of poor families and a disparaged form of "welfare" that stigmatizes the women who provide it, the children who receive it, and their families? Tracin ... More

Keywords: foster care history, foster parenting, foster mothers, carework, child welfare policy, child welfare professionals, Child Welfare League of America, US Children’s Bureau, Title V of the Social Security Act, race, poverty, adoption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469635644
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635644.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine E. Rymph, author
University of Missouri