Home away from home : the forgotten history of orphanages

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For most people, the word "orphanage" conjures up images of poor little Oliver Twist pleading for more gruel. Many are convinced that the history of orphanages is a social welfare record of total devastation to the lives of the children who grew up in them. Indeed, many of the scholars who contributed to Home Away From Home began their research with the conventional negative view of orphanages. But they arrived at far more balanced assessments of the historical record: while the orphanages studied were not perfect, they were often good solutions to dire conditions for children.

The future of America's most vulnerable citizens is on the line, says Richard B. McKenzie, the editor of this volume. Today's government-run child welfare system is detrimental to tens of thousands of children. Foster care, intended as a temporary solution, has turned into permanent but inadequate care for many. While adoption is a solution for some children, others are difficult to place or legally unavailable for permanent placement.

In re-examining the surprising success of orphanages in the past, Home Away From Home highlights the great value of providing a truly stable environment for youngsters, and it explains how orphanages might again be a powerfully beneficial social institution.
Orphanages in history and the modern child welfare setting : an overview / Duncan Lindsey and Paul H. Stuart
The early history of orphanages : from Constantinople to Venice / Timothy S. Miller
Christian charity and the politics of orphan care in the Dutch Republic / Anne E. C. McCants
Mooseheart : "the child city" / David T. Beito
A home of another kind : an orphanage in the midst of Chicago's elite / Kenneth Cmiel, with Anne Duggan
Fates of orphans : poor children in antebellum Charleston / John E. Murray
The transformation of Catholic orphanages : Cleveland, 1851-1996 / Marian J. Morton
Baltimore's nineteenth-century orphanages / Nurith Zmora
The orphan trains as an alternative to orphanages / Marilyn Irvin Holt
Orphanages as a national institution: history and its lessons / Timothy A. Hacsi.

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Subjects Orphanages -- United States -- History.
Orphanages -- History.
Publisher New York :Encounter Books,2009
Edition 1st American ed.
Contributors McKenzie, Richard B.
Language English
Description xxi, 330 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-319) and index.
ISBN 9781594032455 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1594032459 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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