The Orphan Guardian Society of Philadelphia
Publication Date: May 1902
Author(s): Dr. Bernheimer
Series: Conference of Jewish Charities in the United States, 2
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Communal Organization; Youth; Social Services
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.