Proceedings of the Conference on the Care of Dependent Children Held at Washington, D.C., January 25, 26, 1909: Special Message of the President of the United States Recommending Legislation Desired by the Conference on the Care of Dependent Children ... and Transmitting the Proceedings of the Conference. Communicated to the Two Houses of Congress on February 15, 1909: Second Session of the Sixtieth Congress

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1909 - Child welfare - 231 pages

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Page 6 - Bureau shall investigate and report . . . upon all matters pertaining to the welfare of children and child life among all classes of our people...
Page 9 - Home life is the highest and finest product of civilization. It is the great molding force of mind and character. Children should not be deprived of it except for urgent and compelling reasons.
Page 193 - Children of parents of worthy character, suffering from temporary misfortune, and children of reasonably efficient and deserving mothers who are without the support of the normal breadwinner, should as a rule be kept with their parents, such aid being given as may be necessary to maintain suitable homes for the rearing of the children.
Page 14 - The writer cannot help thinking that this powerful news organ has not informed itself thoroughly of the real purpose and function of a federal department of health, and in its attack upon a large body of men such as compose the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the various medical academies of the country it is certainly misguided.
Page 202 - The said bureau shall investigate and report upon all matters pertaining to the welfare of children and child life...
Page 5 - As to the children who for sufficient reasons must be removed from' their own homes, or who have no homes, it is desirable that, if normal in mind and body, and not requiring special training-, they should be cared for in families whenever practicable. The carefully selected foster home is for the normal child the best substitute for the natural home.
Page 193 - Contact with family life is preferable for these children, as well as for other normal children. It is necessary, however, that a large number of carefully selected boarding homes be found if these children are to be cared for in families. The extent to which such families can be found should be ascertained by careful inquiry and experiment in each locality. Unless and until such homes are found, the use of institutions is necessary.
Page 11 - Cheap care of children is ultimately enormously expensive, and is unworthy of a strong community. Existing congregate institutions should so classify their inmates and segregate them into groups as to secure as many 'of the benefits of the cottage system as possible, and should look forward to the adoption of the cottage type when new buildings are constructed. The sending of children of any age or class to almshouses is an unqualified evil, and should be forbidden everywhere by law with suitable...
Page 194 - The proper training of destitute children being essential to the well-being of the State, it is a sound public policy that the State, through its duly authorized representative, should inspect the work of all agencies which care for dependent children, whether by institutional or by home-finding methods, and whether supported by public or private funds.
Page 194 - Unless and until such homes are found, the use of institutions is necessary. COTTAGE SYSTEM 4. So far as it may be found necessary temporarily or permanently to care for certain classes of children in institutions, these institutions should be conducted on the cottage plan, in order that routine and impersonal care may not unduly suppress individuality and initiative.

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