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Page 14 - The proper training of destitute children being essential to the well-being of the state, it is a sound public policy that the state through its duly authorized representatives should inspect the work of all agencies which care for dependent children, whether by institutional or by home-finding methods, and whether supported by public or private funds.
Page 17 - Children should not be deprived of it except for urgent and compelling reasons. Children of parents of worthy character, suffering from temporary misfortune, and children of reasonably efficient and deserving mothers who are without the support of the normal breadwinner should as a rule, be kept with their parents, such aid being given as may be necessary to maintain suitable homes for the rearing of the children...
Page 10 - An act defining the powers of the several courts of quarter sessions of the peace, within this Commonwealth, wiih reference to the care, treatment and control of dependent, neglected, incorrigible and delinquent children under the age of sixteen years, and providing for the means in which such power may be exercised,
Page 7 - Home life is the highest and finest product of civilization. It is the great molding force of mind and of character. Children should not be deprived of it except for urgent and compelling reasons.
Page 17 - It is recognized that for many children foster homes without payment for board are not practicable immediately after the children become dependent, and that for children requiring temporary care only the free home is not available. For the temporary, or more or less permanent, care of such children different methods are in use, notably the plan of placing them in families, paying for their board, and the plan of institutional care. Contact with family life is preferable for these children, as well...
Page 17 - As to the children who for sufficient reasons must be removed from their own homes, or who have no homes, it is desirable that, if normal in mind and body, and not requiring special training, they should be cared for in families whenever practicable, The carefully selected foster home is for the normal child the best substitute for the natural home...
Page 48 - A child absorbs environment. It is the most susceptible thing in the world to influence, and if that force be applied rightly and constantly when the child is in its most receptive condition, the effect will be pronounced, immediate, and permanent.
Page 18 - We believe, therefore, that every child-caring agency should — (a) Secure full information concerning the character and circumstances of the parents and near relatives of each child in whose behalf application is made, through personal investigation by its own representative, unless adequate information is supplied by some other reliable agency. (b) Inform itself by personal investigation at least once each year of the circumstances of the parents of children in its charge, unless the parents have...
Page 18 - INCORPORATION 5. To engage in the work of caring for needy children is to assume a most serious responsibility, and should, therefore, be permitted only to those who are definitely organized for the purpose, who are of suitable character, and possess, or have reasonable assurance of securing, the funds needed for their support. The only practicable plan of securing this end is to require the approval by a state board of charities or other body exercising similar powers, of the incorporation of all...
Page 40 - In their enlightened belief, nothing stamped with the Divine image and likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on and degraded, and imbruted by its fellows.

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