A Study of Foster Home Applications at the Catholic Home Bureau, January 1950

Catherine Elizabeth Cron, Fordham University


Background of the Study. The family, the primary unit in our society, is the basis on which the sound psychosocial development of the individual depends. Although the modern family has deteriorated in terms of its social, educational, and economic role in the life of the individual, it is still the chief source of his emotional satisfactions. Here the individual finds acceptance, needed approval and an outlet for his affectional and sexual drives. Here, too, the comforts he derives from his spiritual life receive impetus. Students of both society (in general) and the individual personality, emphasize the importance of a happy home life for the normal development of the individual. However, as a result of the pressures of modern life, many people have not received the needed security in their parents’ homes, and upon establishing families of their own are unable to maintain them. Due to the breakdown of such families, society has been faced with the need to provide for more and more children outside of their natural family groups. Since life within the family setting has the most to offer the child, foster home (substitute family) care has been established. In this way the individual child is benefited, and society as a whole is ultimately rewarded.

Subject Area

Personality psychology|Individual & family studies|Social work

Recommended Citation

Cron, Catherine Elizabeth, "A Study of Foster Home Applications at the Catholic Home Bureau, January 1950" (1951). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30670867.