A Legacy of Caring: A History of the Children's Aid Society by Children's Aid Society Foundation, Gail Aitken, Donald F.

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By Children's Aid Society Foundation, Gail Aitken, Donald F. Bellamy, John McCullagh

Began in 1891, the kid's relief Society of Toronto is the most important baby welfare company in North the USA. It has performed a number one roll as an recommend of kid's welfare; it's been instrumental in influencing baby welfare perform not just in Ontario yet all of Canada and in different places. With an emphasis at the post-World warfare II interval, A Legacy of being concerned examines the political, social, and monetary components that ended in adjustments in the society itself in addition to advancements in laws and social coverage. The society has been a coaching floor for lots of hugely dedicated pros who've long past directly to be leaders in different governmental and nongovernmental companies in Canada and in a foreign country.

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Parents, for example, were allowed to visit for only fifteen minutes twice a week, and only if the shelter committee consented. to visit for only fifteen minutes twice a week, and only if the shelter committee consented. The only time a child was allowed to leave the shelter was to go to hospital in the event of a serious illness — or when it was time to return to the family home or to be placed in a foster home or elsewhere. The shelter quickly became a large institutional operation that accommodated between sixty and eighty children.

Only spasmodic attempts were made to introduce recreation, although morning and evening prayers were held each day, along with Sunday evening service and Wednesday Bible classes. Given the adverse social attitudes toward unmarried mothers, this regime was well intentioned but, at the same time, demeaning. The women were not allowed to leave the grounds "owing to the general class of women in the home," and keys were not given to staff except for special emergencies. The mothers were physically isolated from their families and friends, who were often unaware of their circumstances.

A few physically handicapped children — as well as those "of weak intellect" — who were admitted to the agency's care were sent to institutions, as was the case with a developmentally handicapped girl who was placed in the asylum at Orillia. Most such children, however, remained at the shelter for a long time. The responsibility for planning for them would for many years remain a contentious issue between the society and the provincial government. " Life at the shelter The overall operation of the shelter was entrusted to a male superintendent, although a female nurse known as the matron ran it on a day-to-day basis.

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