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A Study of the Problem of Boarding Out Jewish Children and of Pensioning Widowed Mothers

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Publication Date: May 1910

Publisher(s): Kohn & Pollock Inc.; Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Armand Wyle; Henry Mauser; Solomon Lowenstein

Series: Conference of Jewish Charities in the United States, 6

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Social Services; Family; Youth

Type: Report

Coverage: United States New York


This article presents the results of a study using data collection and personal visits to examine the quality of life and care proffered to dependent children in New York, either through boarding out in foster families or through the provision of pensions to their mothers. It argues strongly in favor of family care over institutions but notes the challenges and potential problems in running a foster care system. In the discussion that follows, Conference delegates disagree about whether and when boarding out is preferable to institutional care and consider varying approaches to the problem in smaller cities.