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.

During the Great Depression

On Thursday, October 24, 1929, the stock market in the United States began an unprecedented decline. This day would later become known as "Black Thursday" and was soon followed by more "black" days. By Wednesday of the following week, the stock market had declined by 33 percent: the era in the United States known as The Great Depression had begun.

Some children, like Bud, were sent to foster homes. The article below explains foster care and the difference between it and adoption.

What is Foster Care | National Adoption Center

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 birthparent is unable to care for them.