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Publication Date: May 1902

Publisher(s): C.J. Krehbiel & Co.; Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Dr. Bernheimer

Series: Conference of Jewish Charities in the United States, 2

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Communal Organization; Youth; Social Services

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author describes the work, organization, and clientele of Philadelphia's Orphan Guardian Society. The majority of dependent children under the society's care continue to live with their mother, who receives support and oversight from the Society. Others are cared for under a complex guardianship structure that aims to include relatives and interested parties in the child's care while still maintaining accountability. Finally, the Society has begun to investigate the possibility of boarding out, or family foster care, for dependent children, a method that non-Jewish agencies have adopted and consider to be preferable to institutionalization.