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A Home for Every Child: The Washington Children's Home Society in the Progressive Era By Patricia Susan Hart Cover Image

A Home for Every Child: The Washington Children's Home Society in the Progressive Era (Hardcover)

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Adoption has been a politically charged subject since the Progressive Era, when it first became an established part of child welfare reform. In A Home for Every Child, Patricia Susan Hart looks at how, when, and why modern adoption practices became a part of child welfare policy.

The Washington Children's Home Society (now the Children's Home Society of Washington) was founded in 1896 to place children into adoptive and foster homes as a means of dealing with child abuse, neglect, and homelessness. Hart reveals why birth parents relinquished their children to the Society, how adoptive parents embraced these vulnerable family members, and how the children adjusted to their new homes among strangers.

Debates about nature versus nurture, fears about immigration, and anxieties about race and class informed child welfare policy during the Progressive Era. Hart sheds new light on that period of time and the social, cultural, and political factors that affected adopted children, their parents, and administrators of pioneering institutions like the Washington Children's Home Society.

Patricia Susan Hart is associate professor of journalism and American studies at the University of Idaho.
Product Details ISBN: 9780295996844
ISBN-10: 0295996846
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication Date: July 20th, 2015
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Emil and Kathleen Sick Book Series in Western History and Bi