ERIC Number: ED055654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Todays Foundlings: A Survey of Young Children Admitted to the Care of Voluntary Societies in England.
London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.
This survey was undertaken to provide information about the fate of young children (0-5 years) admitted to the care of voluntary societies. Data, collected from the files of three large voluntary societies, included information about all children admitted in 1962, 1963 and 1964. The movements of the children were followed until December 1968. None of the children had been received into care with the aim of adoption. By 1968, 37%-46% of the children were restored to mothers and relatives (percents vary with race and reason for admittance). Half of the children placed in foster care were adopted by foster parents. Between 1/4 and 1/3 of the total population would probably have to grow up in a child welfare institution. Predictions based on information from the survey indicate that infants over six months old, boys and colored children are less likely to be either adopted or restored. In recent years, a different pattern in the number and age concentration of admissions has occurred, thereby rendering results of this survey partially outdated. However, colored children continue to be the most difficult to place. Expansion of preventive services is presently being undertaken to reduce the number of young children admitted to residential care. (WY)
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Authoring Institution: London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.