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Fostering on the FarmChild Placement in the Rural Midwest$
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Megan Birk

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039249

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039249.001.0001

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“The right of the state to interfere is unquestioned”

“The right of the state to interfere is unquestioned”

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Fostering on the Farm

Megan Birk

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines efforts to remedy the problems with farm placements. It looks at the state boards of charity, visiting agents, and courts as examples of methods used to improve placing out. As the state boards worked to legitimize their expertise and county officials tried to improve the care given to dependent children, work remained to standardize care and encourage placements. State boards recommended a second initiative in addition to better oversight of institutional care to secure more placement homes and supervision for children: hiring state visiting agents to supervise placed-out children. This chapter explores how the two-pronged issue of mistreatment of children in placement homes and the resulting efforts to increase supervision ultimately forced placers and visitors to make a number of proposals, including a return of direct aid and more involvement by the courts. It also considers the rise in paid foster care and how it affected all facets of dependent child care.

Keywords:   farm placement, charity, visiting agents, courts, dependent children, institutional care, placement homes, direct aid, foster care, child care

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