Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Fostering on the FarmChild Placement in the Rural Midwest$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Megan Birk

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039249

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039249.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.illinois.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Illinois University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ISO for personal use (for details see www.illinois.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 09 December 2018

The Farm, the Federal Government, and the Decline of Placement

The Farm, the Federal Government, and the Decline of Placement

(p.143) 5. The Farm, the Federal Government, and the Decline of Placement
Fostering on the Farm

Megan Birk

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how Progressive efforts at studying child welfare and farm life contributed to the decline of farm placements. In particular, it looks at two separate federal efforts that provided justifications for finding a substitute to farm placement: that of the Country Life Commission and that of the Children's Bureau. The chapter begins with a discussion of problems in farming and the diminishing influence of the farm. It then considers the Country Life Commission's efforts to address the problems affecting rural people with the specific goal of improving the efficiency of farming and the standards of farm life, along with agricultural education for farmers through outreach programs and the extension service. It also describes the initiatives of the Children's Bureau with regard to child labor, family preservation, and mother and child health. Finally, it highlights increased federal research after World War I which revealed compelling evidence that placement homes did not offer the best choice for dependent children.

Keywords:   child welfare, farm life, farm placement, Country Life Commission, Children's Bureau, farming, agricultural education, child labor, family preservation, placement homes

Illinois Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.