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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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Compensated Motherhood and the State

Compensated Motherhood and the State

Foster Parents as Workers

(p.135) Chapter 6 Compensated Motherhood and the State
Raising Government Children

Catherine E. Rymph

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the role of foster parents as workers, an idea rooted in the nineteenth century role of the “boarding mother.” Child Welfare professionals, foster parents, and the public struggled over the proper balance between paying adequate board to foster parents while ensuring that desire to nurture a child remained the paramount motivation. By the 1960s, foster parents began organizing themselves, culminating in the formation of the National Foster Parents Association in 1971.

Keywords:   Board payments, foster parent motivations, National Foster Parents Association

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