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August 11, 1934


JAMA. 1934;103(6):403-408. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750320021007

In this article adoption is considered in its purely human aspects as it concerns the medical profession. The relation of adoption to legal inheritance is beyond its province.

It is generally conceded that there is no social institution that can be regarded as an adequate substitute for the home in the training and socialization of children. There was a time when the inability of parents to support their children was considered a sufficient reason for the placement of the children outside the home. What such a policy would mean during the present crisis of unemployment must be apparent to all. There is a general agreement at present that, in instances in which it is necessary, children are best safeguarded by the conservation of the home through relief or social case work, with the exception of that small minority of instances in which the home is unfit.

There are certain children

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