Rabbit Trail: Orphans
Estimated Time: 10 minutes
Bud lives in a home (or orphanage) with other children and caseworkers.
A children's caseworker is a social worker who is called when a child needs a place to live. Sometimes this is because the child's parents are deceased, but sometimes it is because the parents can't provide a decent home for the children.
An orphanage is a home for these children. In the Great Depression, when Bud was a boy, orphanages were extremely crowded. Read the article below to learn more.
"Orphans should be placed under the care of public guardians. Men should have a fear of the loneliness of orphans and of the souls of their departed parents. A man should love the unfortunate orphan of whom he is guardian as if he were his own child.
Some children, like Bud, were sent to foster homes. The article below explains foster care and the difference between it and adoption.
Many of us have heard about the foster care system. Much of what we have heard focuses on the negative aspects of foster care and foster parents. Some of what we have heard is incorrect. What the foster care system is: a temporary arrangement in which adults provide for the care of a child or children whose birth parent is unable to care for them.