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The role of Protestant children's homes in nineteenth-century Ontario: child rescue or family support?

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Source
J Fam Hist. 2009 Jan;34(1):48-88
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jan-2009
Author
Charlotte Neff
Author Affiliation
Law and Justice Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario.
Source
J Fam Hist. 2009 Jan;34(1):48-88
Date
Jan-2009
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Child
Child Welfare - history - legislation & jurisprudence - statistics & numerical data
Family
Female
History, 19th Century
Humans
Male
Ontario
Orphanages - history - statistics & numerical data
Protestantism - history
Abstract
The Children's Protection Act of 1893 introduced Ontario's first full-fledged child protection scheme. However; for half a century, children's homes had been helping disadvantaged children, and they played a key role in the evolution of an empathetic child-protection system. During the course of the nineteenth century, the provincial government had increasingly accepted responsibility for disadvantaged children and had developed legislative definitions of a child in need of protection and of neglect that were incorporated into the 1893 Act. The work of the children's homes went hand in hand with these developments, as they not only helped needy children but also helped develop these concepts of neglect and provided models for the home placements promoted by J. J. Kelso and mandated by the Act.
PubMed ID
19244840 View in PubMed
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