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Child Advocacy in Colonial Times

Children have long been the smallest victims of society’s social problems.  In early times, children were seen as property, either of their father, or  caregiver, if the parents were deceased, or unwilling to care for them. This led to many orphans being cast into inappropriate settings, such as poor houses, or living on the streets.  […]

Growing Awareness of Children in Need

In 1832, the New England Association of Farmers, Mechanics and other Workingmen expressed concern with children working relentlessly in factories without any time for play and by 1842, states had set ten hour work daylimit for children (The Child Labor Education Project). Many children were illiterate because they worked so many long, hard hours. I found an […]

Social Reform’s Effect on Children during the 19th Century

Children  were found laboring along side women in many of the Nation’s factories.  Times were hard and working conditions within these factories were unacceptable.  The influx of immigrants seeking a better life  filled the labor market.  During the Gilded Age, industrialization grew at a rapid rate (Jansson, B. S. (2012). The Reluctant Welfare State. Brooks Cole).   […]

How the Progressive Era affected Child Advocacy

The Social Reform movement dubbed Progressivism sparked change in how America felt about providing “outdoor relief” for those Americans in need.  Mothers’ Pensions was the beginning of this change.  It was a modest start to reform, with few pensions granted by 1919.  This was a breakthrough in child advocacy because it addressed how many long […]

Today’s Children within our Social Welare System

Efforts at protecting America’s children have come a long way since Colonial times, yet still more needs to be done.  The Social Security Act of 1935 enabled grants to be given to States to provide aid to dependant children through Title IV provision. The Title V provision allowed funds to be paid in order for States […]