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February 27, 1897

Fourteenth Biennial Report of the Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities for the Years 1895 and 1896.

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JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(9):415-417. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440090033002m

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At the last session of the legislature a law was enacted authorizing county judges to take children having no parents out of poorhouses and to place them in homes, without cost to the county. It was believed by some that this law would remove the children from the almshouses, but it has failed to do so, and can not touch the class of cases above referred to, in which vicious and irresponsible parents compel county officials to maintain their children in the almshouse year after year. In preparing this report, the Board sent a letter to every county judge in the State, as follows:

"1. Will you please state how many, if any, children you have released from almshouse and placed in homes under the statute approved June 21, 1895?

"2. Will you please make any suggestions you can as to needed changes in the law regarding destitute, neglected or

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