Problems Faced in the Placement of Children of Puerto Rican Background in Foster Homes as Seen in the Cases of Forty Children Referred to Catholic Home Bureau in 1949
This is the ideal to which all who work with children in foster care subscribe. It is generally accepted by most workers in the child welfare field that the foster home is the closest substitute for the child's own home. The purpose of this study will be to analyse and, if possible, make suggestions for the overcoming of difficulties encountered in providing foster home care for the child of Puerto Rican parentage or background. The history of the island of Puerto Rico dates back three hundred years to the time of Columbus. It was a part of the Spanish colonial empire and did not come under the jurisdiction of the United States until 1898 as a result of the Spanish-American War. The island is located in the Caribbean Sea. It is rectangular in shape, 95 miles in length and 35 miles wide. In total area this amounts to 3,435 square miles. It is larger than Delaware but smaller than Connecticut. The estimated population in 1943 was approximately 2,000,000 or more than 570 persons per square mile; a density more than ten times that of the continental United states. It is a density of population comparable to that of New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The island, whose principal source of income is agriculture, is thus greatly over populated and unable to support adequately the population.
Developmental psychology|American history|Social work
Shaw, Louise Fletcher, "Problems Faced in the Placement of Children of Puerto Rican Background in Foster Homes as Seen in the Cases of Forty Children Referred to Catholic Home Bureau in 1949" (1951). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30509542.