Excerpt from Laws Relating to Interstate Placement of Dependent Children, 1924: Bureau Publication No. 139
Early State conditions, especially in the West, were not such as to make the importation and exportation of dependent chil dren seem a pressing problem. Later, as conditions have changed and cities with the aim of salvage have sent what threatened to be the social waste of their congestion into rural communities of neigh boring or distant States, public consciousness has become more alert to the financial and social risks involved. Moreover, as public feeling of responsibility for the protection of childhood has developed, recognition is growing of the helpless situation of dependent chil dren who are sent from one State to another.
The statutes of 28 States now1 include measures regulating the importation of children for placing in family homes, and 4 States have legal provision regulating the sending of children out of the State for this purpose.
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