Urchins of New York and Elsewhere
Remembering the Sky Parlor for lost children and the public’s fascination with those who went astray.
Letters from desperate mothers to the nation's first public orphanage.
When Foster Care Meant Farm Labor
Before current foster care programs were in place, Americans depended on farmers to take care of kids in exchange for hard labor.
In a passionate set of tweets J.K. Rowling recently tackled the issue of so-called "voluntourism."
Tracing Orphans in Your Ancestry
Modern-day DNA research is beginning to unlock longstanding mysteries regarding orphans.
Our Obsession with Orphans: A Short History from Jane Eyre to Annie
Little Orphan Annie is the latest in a sequence of pop culture foundlings, but America’s orphans of the Great Depression weren’t endearing at all.