Review: Orphan Trains by Rebecca Langston-George

Orphan Trains by Rebecca Langston-GeorgeOrphan Trains
Rebecca Langston-George
Capstone Press
Available August 1, 2016

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From 1853 to 1929, The Children’s Aid Society and other organizations like it placed 250,000 orphaned children with families using trains to deliver the children to new families along railway lines. Sometimes children found loving homes and parents who brought them into their families and treated them as members of their household. The Children’s Aid Society sought to address the overwhelming poverty and difficulties placed on children in large cities whose parents abandoned them or died. It is the predecessor of the modern-day foster care system. Sometimes the children were seen as laborers or servants and treated far differently from a … Continue reading