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Raising Government ChildrenA History of Foster Care and the American Welfare State$
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Catherine E. Rymph

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635644

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635644.001.0001

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The New Deal, Family Security, and the Emergence of a Public Child Welfare System

The New Deal, Family Security, and the Emergence of a Public Child Welfare System

(p.43) Chapter 2 The New Deal, Family Security, and the Emergence of a Public Child Welfare System
Raising Government Children

Catherine E. Rymph

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter addresses the significance of the New Deal to the development of publicly funded foster care and its relationship to the nascent welfare state. The chapter includes many first-hand accounts of parents turning to foster care because they could not provide both economic support and nurturing care to their children. The chapter argues that the onset of the Great Depression marked a setback for the delivery of child welfare services. However, the promise of a more rational system of federal welfare provision through passage of the Social Security Act and other New Deal programs raised hopes that economic insecurity for families could be so drastically reduced as to eliminate (or at least diminish) the role of poverty in separating children from their families. In addition, Title V of the Social Security Act also provided funds to develop state-level public child welfare services, which helped spur the creation of a child welfare infrastructure.

Keywords:   New Deal, Social Security Act, Family security, child welfare services, Title V of the Social Security Act, child welfare infrastructure

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