Informative and quite interesting Aug 25, 2010
by Heather J
This book is an exchange of letters between the head of an orphan home in the late 1800s and the parents of children at the orphanage and/or their foster families. Some of the letters are to and from the orphans who left the orphanage. The letters reveal how family situations such as poverty, unemployment, illegitimacy, alcoholism, abuse and other family problems contributed to the decision to place children in the orphanage, even if they weren't true orphans. The letters also give you a glimpse of the lives of children who were indentured out to families from the orphan home. If you're interested in the history of orphanages, indentured children, foster care, or the economic and social stresses on families in the late 1800s, you will find this book a very good read. I appreciated the portrait that emerged of the head of the orphanage and the stresses he dealt with as he tried to help the children and families, with varying success.