By Children's Aid Society Foundation, Gail Aitken, Donald F. Bellamy, John McCullagh

All started in 1891, the kid's reduction Society of Toronto is the most important baby welfare corporation in North the US. It has performed a number one roll as an recommend of kid's welfare; it's been instrumental in influencing baby welfare perform not just in Ontario yet all of Canada and somewhere else. With an emphasis at the post-World warfare II interval, A Legacy of being concerned examines the political, social, and fiscal components that ended in adjustments in the society itself in addition to advancements in laws and social coverage. The society has been a coaching floor for plenty of hugely devoted execs who've long past directly to be leaders in different governmental and nongovernmental organisations in Canada and overseas.

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Foster mother complained to me that the boy was disobedient and if left alone for any time would shirk any work left for him to do. I called at the school and had a talk with the boy, who seems to be a very bright, cheerful lad. He promised me that he would try and do better in the future. Would advise leaving him where he is as long as they will help him, for he is certainly in good company and making progress. Eve, who is 15 now, is a good, healthy and well-developed girl. Foster mother says the only trouble is she will not always tell the truth ...

At the turn of the century, the Toronto society was placing almost fifty children a year in foster homes; by 1919, that number had almost doubled to ninety-three. The CAS of Toronto was rigorous in its approval process for those interested in becoming foster parents, as this report from the society's 1897 annual report testifies: Cko&ttr 7w0 A SOCIETY TO PROTECT CHILDREN, 1891-1919 The society receives a very large number of letters of inquiry for children and this is due to the kindness of the editors of nearly all the Toronto and Winnipeg weekly papers in inserting in their columns frequent letters from the [society] descriptive of children available for adoption.

This reflected the era's belief that a strict separation of young people from their parents was in the best interests of children in care. However, it also reveals the prevailing lack of awareness of the needs of children adjusting to a new family and surroundings and in dealing with their personal histories, as illustrated by an item from the society's 1904 annual report: like experience ... I am glad now that I was taken to the CAS. Mr Duncan, you have been just like a father to every one of us and certainly used us good and I hope the boys will all appreciate it as I do" — a society ward writing in 1919 The belief of the time was that strict separation of young people from their parents was in the best interests of children in care.

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