Poverty and child placement: A new/old idea

Nora S. Gustavsson, Ann E. Maceachron

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    One result of the Republican victories in November 1994 is the suggestion that the children of the poor should be separated from their parents. The removal of children for no other reason than poverty is an old idea. The article examines the historical precedents of child placement, reviews the experience of the poorest group of Americans (Native Americans) and analyzes child placement through the lens of poverty. In addition, the role of the federal government in protecting vulnerable children is examined by comparing two federal laws-the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)81-93
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Poverty
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 1997


    • Child placement
    • Family separation
    • Institutionalization
    • Native Americans
    • Out-of-home placement
    • Poverty
    • Public policy
    • Punitive
    • Vulnerability

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Demography
    • Sociology and Political Science


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