Massachusetts. State Board of Charity.

Annual report online

. (page 12 of 60)
Online LibraryMassachusetts. State Board of CharityAnnual report → online text (page 12 of 60)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


discharged to relatives, discharges for 3 are pending, and the
fathers are paying partial support for 3. Complete histories
have been obtained with the exception of one case.

It is encouraging to note in connection with the work with
deserted children that only 4 out of 40 cases reported but not
committed needed to be cared for by public charity. The vis-
itors have been able, with the assistance of the police, postal
authorities, lying-in hospitals, birth records, public and private
charitable societies, etc., to locate parents or relatives, and
supervision and assistance have been obtained for the parents
in caring for their children. In only 3 cases was it necessary
to take legal proceedings for abandonment. One child placed
out by the Board of Children's Guardians of Washington, D. C,
was returned to that society. The bills due the boarding women
ranged from $3 to $4 for a few weeks' board, to as high as
$150. The ages of the children varied from one or two months
to fifteen or sixteen years. Though the Board can take no
action in collecting money due the boarding women, it has been
through the visitors' instrumentality that all but 5 of the 40
children reported have been removed. The removal of such



Digitized by VjOOQ IC



142 STATE BOARD OF CHARITY. [P. D. 17.

children has meant a return to normal relations between
parents and children, and has often resulted in married mothers
being willing to give up their work in factories or restaurants
to establish themselves in their own homes. The laws for the
protection of infants have done much to regulate the care of
children at board under two years of age. There is, however,
a laxity in reporting promptly and fully, and a general igno-
rance of these laws, not only among boarding women but also
among doctors, lawyers, and public officials. A law similar
to that already in operation in some States, requiring the re-
porting of all children cared for outside of the homes of their
parents, would undoubtedly be effective in protecting the in-
terests of a large, number of children.

The passage of the law providing f<»r aid in the home to
mothers with dependent children (chapter 763, Acts of 1013)
has not appreciably affected the work of this Division. Al-
though many of the applicants for assistance under this law
have been known previously to the Minor Wards Division, other
plans had been made for th^n. In only one instance was an
application for aid instigated by the Division. It is interest-
ing to note that in this case the mother, a widow, signified her
intention to marry, thus becoming ineligible for support under
this act, before the investigation for aid in the home was
completed.

The following statistical table is self-explanatory: —

Applications (chapter 83, section 36, Revised Laws)

pending December 1, 1912 .... 286

New applications (chapter 83, section 36, Revised

Laws) 1,142

1,428

Disposition as follows: —

Advised only 47

Applications withdrawn 136

Assumed by relatives 146

Assumed by public agencies 203

Assumed by private agencies 336

Received (chapter 83, section 36, Revised Laws) . 184

Pending December 1, 1913 376

1,428



Digitized by VjOOQ IC



Parti.] GENEBAL WORK OF THE BOARD. 143



ApplieatMK for discharge pending December 1, 1912 • 87

New applications December 1, 1911, to December 1, 1912 . 116

Disposition as follows : —

Discharged to relatives 80

Discharge refused 31

Applications withdrawn 33

Pending December 1, 1913 59

Applications for assent to bastardy release pending Decem-
ber 1, 1912 2

New applications December 1, 1912, to December 1, 1913 7

Disposition as follows: —

Release assented to 4

Assent refused 1

Withdrawn 3

Pending December 1, 1913 1

After-care cases under supervision during year ....

Cases closed during year 27

Pending December 1, 1913 32



203



203



59



Support.

Following the policy of former years, attention has been given
to the collection of support, or partial support, of unsettled
children from relatives, and support of settled children from
Overseers of the Poor of the city or town of settlement
Through voluntary agreements, signed on the date of acceptance,
$2,201.12 has been received from relatives and $9,310.86 from
overseers. Through failure to keep these voluntary agreements,
or through refusal to sign an agreement for support, legal and
court action has been necessary. The sum of $4,729.62 has
been collected in this way, making a total of $16,241.60 re-
ceived during the year towards the support of dependent and
n^lected children.

A decision of importance was rendered by the Superior Court
in a case where the Overseers of the Poor had instituted pro-
ceedings under the neglect law (Acts of 1903, chapter 334)
against a settled child. The Board had previously made an



Digitized by VjOOQ IC



144



STATE BOARD OF CHARITY. [P. D. 17.



investigation and had offered to receive the child upon reim-
bursement The case was contested by the Board on the ground
that, as the parent was suitable to have the custody of the child
and was merely poor, the child was not neglected but dependent,
and therefore a proper charge upon the place of settlement
The Superior Court sustained the contention of the Board and
dismissed the complaint for neglect Since March 11, 1913,
the date of the decision, the Overseers of the Poor have been
reimbursing the Board for the support of the child as de-
pendent. This decision affects a large number of cases of
dependent settled children whom the local overseers, rather than
provide for as the law requires, might endeavor to commit to
the Board under the neglect law.

The following 20 cities and 49 towns are taking advantage
of the facilities offered by the State Board for placing their
settled children in families, and are reimbursing for the
same : —



Brockton.


Bemardston.


Nantucket.


Cambridge.


Blackstone.


Natick.


Chelsea.


Boylston.


North Reading,


Everett.


Bridgewater.


Orleans.


Fitchburg.


Brookline.


Oxford.


Gloucester.


Darlmouth.


Plymouth.


Lawrence.


Dedham.


Prescott.


Lynn.


East Longmeadow.


Provincetown.


Maiden.


Pramingham.


Revere.


Marlborongh.


Gardner.


Shirley.


Medford.


Hanover.


Stoneham.


New Bedford.


Hardwick.


Stowe.


Newburyport.


Harwich.


Templeton.


Quincy.


Hingham.


Uxbridge.


Salem.


Hopkinton.


Wakefield.


Somerville.


Lancaster.


Walpole.


Springfield.


Leominster.


Watertown.


Waltham.


Lincoln.


Westborough.


Wobum.


Mansfield.


Westfield.


Worcester.


Medfield.


Westford.


Amherst.


Medway.


Weymouth.


Avon.


Middleborough.


Whitman.


Belmont.


Milford.


Winchester.



Digitized by



Google



Part I.] GENERAL WORK OF THE BOARD. 146

Nonsupport Proceedings.
During the year ending November 30, 1913, the sum of
$3,602.57 was collected from parents of children in the care
of the Board through proceedings under the Uniform Desertion
Act (Acts of 1911, chapter 456), or through agreements en-
tered into to avoid court proceedings. This amount is part of
the sum of $4,729.62 mentioned in the section entitled ^^ Sup-
port," and represents the portion obtained by direct legal action
by the special agent of the Board.

Adoptions.

During the past year 168 opplications have been received
from families desiring to adopt children. Thirteen of these
were refused at once without investigation ; 127 have been given
careful investigation by correspondence and personal visits, and
of this number 26 were withdrawn ; 25 disapproved as unsuit-
able; 76 approved. There are now 28 awaiting investigation.
Nearly all of these applications were received from Massachu-
setts, a few coming from the other New England States.

In the 76 approved homes 70 children have been placed, and
arrangements are being made for fOling the other 6. It is an
interesting fact that 4 of these families have already adopted a
child from this Department.

Thirty children (16 boys and 14 girls) were legally adopted
last year. The oldest child adopted was a girl seventeen years
old and the youngest a girl of fourteen months. One child
died while on trial for adoption. All of these homes are in
Massachusetts except one which is in Washington, D. C.

There are now 89 children on trial for adoption in homes
which have been investigated and approved.

The following tables furnish comparative data concerning
the several classes of the Board^s children : —



Digitized by VjOOQ IC



146



STATE BOARD OF CHARITY. [P. D. 17.



I

I






•5*



CQ



I



I



H %



S 3



S 8



§. §



IS



IS



« s



9 8



n. -



|i



!| §



^3



n -



g s



8 S



§ §



00 •*



5 S



1

a



I I I I I

Hi I

51111



i
z



Digitized by



Google



Parti.] GENERAL WORK OF THE BOARD.



147



Summary of Children under Three Years of Age in Cuetody of the Board.





Dbpbivdbmt


NnoLBcraD




Boye


Qirle


Totels


Boys


Qirls


Totels


Number DeoMnlMr 1, 1913 ....

RMaived Deoemb«r 1, 1913 to Novunbtr
80. 1918.


133
85


180
78


353

168


87
58


54

40


131
08


Total num transportation to and from a public school of any child
whose tuition is payable by the conmionwealtb ... the com-
monwealth . . . shall pay to the city or town furnishing such
transportation, for each week of five days or major part thereof,
an amount equal to the average amount for each child paid
by said city or town per week for the transportation of children
to and from school over the route by which such child is con-
veyed.'^

Under the operation of this law, bills received from 217
cities and towns, for the tuition and transportation of 2,781
children, amounting to $39,999.78, — viz., schooling, $35,-
555.50; transportation, $4,444.28, — were audited by the
Board and paid by the Treasurer of the Commonwealth, during
the last official year, as follows : —



Digitized by VjOOQ IC



Part I.] GENERAL WORK OF THE BOARD.



167



Towin






Number

of
Cbildien


Number of

Weeks'
Sobooling


Cost of
SobooUng


Cost of
Transpor-
tation


Total Cost








Abingtoo .....




308


1154 00


166 00


1220 00












116


57 50


53 20


100 70


Amatbury .










M


48 00


37 25


85 25


Ambent










995


347 50


13 00


860 50


Andover










386


103 00


28 00


221 00


AriinstOQ .










847


178 50




173 50


Aabfield










105


07 50


_


07 50


AabJand










348


174 00


45 00


310 00


Atbol .










688


204 00


72 75


366 75


Ayer .










156


77 50


88 75


116 25


Barnstable .










36


18 00




18 00


Bvn .










164


82 00





82 00


Beek«t










200


100 00


.


100 00












1,006


503 00





503 00


BeUingham .










108


54 00


27 00


81 00


Belmont










87


43 50




43 50


Berkley










375


187 50


_


187 50


Berlin .










175


87 50


4 75


02 25


Bemardston










106


08 00




08 00


Beverly
Blandiord .










308


154 00


_


154 00










314


157 00


«


157 00


Boston










2.634


1.312 00


_


1.312 00


Bourne










768


384 00


«,


384 00


Boxford










278


130 00





130*00


Braintroe .










204


102 00


«


102 00


Bridgewater










164


82 00


60 50


151 50


Brimfield .










232


116 00


104 00


220 00


Brockton










245


122 50




122 50


Biookfield .










152


76 00


»


76 00


Cambridge .










1,686


843 00


_


843 00


Canton










232


116 00


«,


116 00


Carlisle










148


74 00


125 80


100 80


Cbarlemont










440


220 00




220 00


Cbelmsford










304


152 00





152 00


Cbelsea










18


000


_


00


Cbeshire










31


15 50


_


15 50


Cbceter










827


413 50


77 60


401 10


Cbesterfield










00


40 50




40 50


Chioopee










278


138 00


_


138 00


Clinton










40


20 00


_


20 00


Conoord










60


34 50


10 50


54 00


Conway










585


202 50


2 75


205 25


Cummmgton










1.284


642 00


1150


653 50


Dalton










00


45 00




45 00


Dana .










56


28 00


_


28 00


Danvers










406


248 00


.


248 00


Dedham










532


266 00





266 00


Deerfield .










132


66 00


_


66 00


Digbton










02


46 00


_


46 00


Draeut










415


207 50


140 50


348 00


Dudley










178


80 00




80 00


DuxbuTv .










227


113 50


_


113 50


East Bridgewater








430


215 00


34 00


240 00


East Longmeadow








311


155 50




155 50


Eastbampton








78


30 00


-


30 00


Easton










882


101 00


_


101 00


Enfield










1.218


600 00


75 00


684 00


Eases . .










12


600


600


12 00


EvereU










182


01 00




01 00


Fitcbburg










180


00 00


12 00


102 00


Foxborough










6


300


-


3 00


Framingbam










616


308 00


1 50


300 50


Franklin










460


230 00


40 02


270 02


Gardner










256


128 00


06 75


224 75


GeorgBtown










1.085


542 50


707 23


1.240 73


om . . .










510


250 50


-


250 50


Gk>aoester .










8


4 00


-


4 00


Goeben










163


81 50


.


81 50


Granbv
Greenfield .










145


72 50


8120


153 70










137


68 50




68 50


Greenwicb .










281


140 50


ofoo


231 50


Groton










38


10 00


13 50


32 50


Hadley










84


42 00


-


42 00


Hampden .










017


458 50


20 50


488 00












222


111 00





11100


Hanson










74


37 00


~


37 00



Digitized by



Google



168



STATE BOARD OF CHARTTY. [P. D. 17.





Number


Number of


Cost of
SohooUng


Cost of




Towm


of


Weeks*


Transpor-


Total Cost




Children


Schooling


tatioV




Haidwiek


2


76


188 00


188 00


176 00


Harwich










5


68


3150


8100


62 60


HaverhUl










10


288


119 00




119 00


Hawley










25


648


824 00


.


824 00


Hinsdale










17


40A


202 50


.


202 60


Holbrook










2


16


800





800


Holden










2


70


85 00


550


40 50


Holland










1


86


18 00




18 00












12


291


145 50


.


145 50












5


104


52 00


.


52 00


Hopkinton .
Hubbardston








87

1


,.(«•


514 50
17 00


209 00
17 00


723 50
34 00


Huntincton








7


188


94 00




94 00


Kingston .








12


257


128 50


' •


128 50


LanesboToogb








1


26


12 50


.


12 60


Lawrence , .








8


52


26 00





26 00


Lee . .








8


64


82 00


14 00


46 00


Leominster .








8


82


4100


800


49 00


Lev^reU











120


60 00




60 00


LezincUm .








2


80


40 00





40 00


LeydiSi








18


870


185 00





186 00


LoweU








40


044


472 00


.


472 00


Ludk>w








12


851


175 50


.


175 60


Lunenburg .








4


85


42 50


.


42 50


Ljmn .








25


778


886 50


.


886 50


]i2S!^' :








2


28


14 00





14 00








22


622


81100


.


81100


Mansfield .








8


115


57 50


.


57 50


Marion








8


21


10 50


.


10 50


Marlborough








10


818


159 00


27 50


186 50


Medfield








4


118


59 00


66 08


125 08


Medford








67


1,517


758 50




758 50


Medway .








21


605


347 50


183"75


48125


Melrose








32


753


876 50


12 00


888 50


Merrimao








6


09


49 50


97 50


147 00


Methuen








4


68


34 00


800


42 00


Middleborough








45


1,174


587 00




587 00


Middlefield .








9


277


138 50


.


188 60


Middleton .








9


809


154 50


64 50


19 00


kfilford








18


486


243 00




243 00


tf onson








80


754


877 00


-.


377 00


Montague .











201


100 50


4104


14154


Natick








03


1,036


968 00


47 50


1,015 50


Needham .








4


227


113 50




118 50


^ew Bedford








8


245


122 50


.


122 50


^ew Salem.








8


98


49 00


.


49 00


Newbury








20


865


182 50


14 25


196 75


^ewbuiyport








8


208


104 00


18 70


117 70


Newton








7


174


87 00


.


87 00


North Atdeborough






4


130


65 00


.


65 00


^orthBrookfieldT






8


257


128 50


164 15


208 65


^orth Reading .






6


117


58 50


22 75


8125


Northampton








11


385


167 50


.


167 50


Northborough








3


51


26 50


.


25 50


^orthbridgeT








8


93


46 50


~


46 50


Norton








15


479


289 50


82 50


272 00


Norwell










18


566


283 00


138 00


42100












8


207


108 50


19 45


122 95


Oakham










8


58


29 00


.


29 00


Orange










14


446


223 00


63 50


286 50


Otis










3


83


16 50




16 50


Palmer










22


566


288 00


17~75


800 7S


Peabody










24


689


344 50


36 00


880 50


Pelham










18


497


248 50





248 60


Pembroke










16


510


255 00


13 50


268 50


Peru










7


129


64 50




64 60


Phillipeton
Pittsfidd










11


223


11150





11150










7


194


97 00


.


97 00


Plainfield










24


440


220 00





220 00


PUinyille










2


76


88 00





88 00


Plympton










4


98


49 00


.


49 00


Presoott










25


690


845 00





845 00


Quinoy
Randolph










24


577


288 50





288 50










16


802


15100


.


151 00


Rasmham










7


93


46 50


.


46 50


Reading










24


522


26100


"


26100



Digitized by



Google



Parti.] GENERAL WORK OP THE BOARD.



169





Number


Number of


Cost of
Schooling


Cost of




Towm


of
ChUdiwi


Weeks*
Sehoolinc


Transpor-
tatk>n


Total Cost


Rahoboth


9


106


163 00


.


163 00


Revere








11


316


167 60


.


157 60










a


36


17 60


.


17 60


Rockland .








4


46


22 60


13 00


25 60


Rowe .








10


468


234 00




284 00


Bowley








2


48


24 00


io"oo


34 00


Royalvton .








15


448


224 00




224 00


Salem . .








7


162


8100


24*60


106 60


SaucuB








63


1.276


637 60


13 60


65100


Savoy .








4


88


44 00




44 00


Sdtuafte








3


70


36 00


.


36 00


Seekonk








4


144


72 00


.


72 00


Sharon








3


121


60 60


80 26


90 75


Sherbom .








6


76


37 60


25 00


62 50


Shirley








2


46


22 60


22 60


46 00


SomervOle .








16


406


203 00




203 00


South Hadlev








4


144


72 00


72*00


144 00








9


249


124 60


93 60


218 10


Southwiok .








6


87


43 60





43 50


Sprincfield .








13


301


160 60


.


150 60


Sterlinc








1


36


18 00


18 00


36 00


Stoochton .








10


280


140 00




140 00


Stow . .








4


64


32 00





32 00


Sturforidce .








3


61


26 60


.


26 50


8udbi2^ .
Sunderland








7


136


68 00


460


72 60








7


98


49 00


86 00


84 00


Sutton








8


234


117 00


~


117 00


Swampeoott








10


299


149 60


.


149 50


Taunton






• ,


44


1,106


663 00


.


653 00


Templeten .
Tewksbuiy .








13


216


107 60


.


107 60








6


161


76 60


.


76 50


Topefield .








4


141


70 60


.


70 50


Townsend .








1


66


32 60


46 25


78 75


Tsmgsboroogh

wak^^ :








1


40


20 00


10 00


30 00








13


171


86 60


29 60


115 00








39


886


442 60




442 50


Wales .








2


88


44 00





44 00


Wahham








11


322


16100


~


16100


Ware . .








21


696


348 00


16 60


364 50


Wareham








6


166


78 00


~


78 00


Warren








1


38


19 00


692


26 92


Waahincton








6


96


47 60




47 50


Watertown .








14


401


200 60


.


200 50


Wayland .








11


364


177 00


216 40


393 40


West Bridaewatet
Weat BrooLSeld








20


407


203 60




203 50








3


102


6100


-


5100


West Newbury








18


833


166 60


23 76


190 25


Weetboroush








14


236


117 60


66 66


183 15


Westfidd .








14


422


21100


700


218 00


Weatfoid








6


80


40 00


84 60


74 50


Wertminster








6


142


7100




7100


Weston








4


133


66 60


66*74


122 24


WestpOTt








1


26


13 00


3 76


16 76


Weymouth .








16


481


216 60


.


215 50


Whately








9


128


63 00


180


64 80


Whitman








14


299


149 60




149 50


WObraham .








16


326


162 60


.


162 60


^niliam^nirs








36


914


467 00


14 60


471 50










12


360


176 00




176 00










6


136


67 60


.


67 60


Winehendon








16


^ 318


169 00


66 60


226 60










32


' 918


469 00


620


464 20


Woburn








62


1,628


814 00


-


814 00


Woroester .








2


48


24 00





24 00


Worthington








17


468


234 00


-


234 00


Totals . .








2,781


71.111


86.666 60


4,444 28


39.999 78



Digitized by



Google



170



STATE BOARD OF CHARITY. [P. D. 17.



O -S

.^ OB

eg

.2 e-'is



9^



&:.



a CO

IS

O 111 ^ V

s «

c
o



g s.



a



o o
en «zi

C

• -3 X °2

CO ^

a^ X

O ^ 0)

73 CO

^ CO rH



?^

2 o

CO <-•

V be

3.S

-^ C

bC«

•r 03

lis



o ..

CO Tt<
V CO

II

^^

IS »3

C^ 03










s2 *






888888888888888

§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§
g S s 2 2 S 3 - S * S 3 ~ 8 S



SS::SSSS89SSS88S
g S g 2" § S S S • 5 5 ^" Sf -



888888888888SS8

§!§§§'§ §§§§§§S§§
g" 5 5 2 5 S 5 - S 2 S 5 ^* S ''"



I S. S. I I I I S I I I I I I



£ S f! 2 S



S



;:: ;;



88888888888838
I §. I I I I I I I I I I I I



2 S Jt 2 S



S - S 2 3 3



"^ci



•?



I



5
5



5 r w

'oil



5

3

tX3



sis

9

.2



1 1 1



>> & >. -a

I pi

IM I ■



» ^



I I 3 .



ir



si



S • 3

I




If!



2 " b






' -a



5^



8 I



111



•205

'3 o fi ^ _

H H do PQ






Digitized by



Google



Parti.] GENERAL WORK OF THE BOARD. 171

The expenses for the fiscal year, December 1, 1912, to
November 30, 1913, were as follows: —

Expenses of the Board $21,740 98

Division of State Adult Poor 54,424 15

Division of State Minor Wards 79,529 11

Transportation of State Paupers 15,727 66

Support of indigent and neglected children . . . 503,999 13

Support of pauper infants 56,985 54

Tuition of State children 39,999 78

Auxiliary Visitors 338 00

Support of sick State paupers 62,613 49

Burial of State paupers 8,189 75

Temporary aid of State paupers 49,999 99

Dangerous diseases 44,999 10

Penikese Hospital 23,390 83

Annual report 2,874 83

Aiding mothers, etc 1,071 79

Total $965,884 13



• DETAILS.

EXPENSES OF THE BOARD.

Salaries:

Robert W. Kelso, Secretary $4,000 00

Louise S. Kolb, Assistant Secretary 1,200 00

Harry H. Pray, Examining Visitor of Institutions . . 1,700 00

Amy F. Acton, Chief Inspector of Incorporated Charities 1,400 00

Caroline J. Cook, Inspector of Incorporated Charities . 825 00

Alice M. Mclntire, Inspector of Incorporated Charities . 1,075 00

Lillian M. Linnekin, Stenographer 900 00



Online LibraryMassachusetts. State Board of CharityAnnual report → online text (page 12 of 60)