Problem Children in Boarding Homes

Elizabeth Lucy McDevitt, Fordham University


The proposition that the child's own home, when normal, is the best medium of care has been well established. Realizing this, public and private charitable agencies make every effort to maintain and, when necessary, to rehabilitate the home. In New York City, at the close of the year 1926, the Board of Child Welfare had on its list of pensionaries 11,273 families with 29,983 children (1926 report). Nevertheless, every year many homes are broken. For the children, the most helpless of all living creatures, society must provide some substitute method of care. Relatives receive some of these children into their homes. If the break in the child's home occurs when he is very young and he is free from serious defects, a good free foster home, with hope of adoption can often be obtained. Child caring institutions receive many dependent, neglected and delinquent children. Special institutions exist for the benefit of the handicapped child. For normal children, who, however, require individual attention a system of private boarding homes has been developed. This method of care has been very satisfactory for the care of certain children.

Subject Area

Developmental psychology|Individual & family studies|Sociology|Social work

Recommended Citation

McDevitt, Elizabeth Lucy, "Problem Children in Boarding Homes" (1927). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI29281795.