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The Home on Gorham Street and the Voices of Its Children
by Howard Goldstein
University of Alabama Press, 1996
eISBN: 978-0-8173-8282-7 | Paper: 978-0-8173-0781-3
Library of Congress Classification HV995.R62J494 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.7320974789


The Home on Gorham Street looks back to an earlier era of care
for orphaned and dependent children of Eastern European Jewish immigrants.
Within this social history and ethnography, the voices of eldersÑonce
wards of the home in the 1930s and 1940sÑtell us in sometimes poetic,
often comic, usually ironic, and always poignant words what it was really
like to grow up in an Òorphanage.Ó Emerging from this penetrating
adventure are principles for the future of effective group care in meeting
the needs of the rapidly growing number of abused, forsaken, and orphaned
children. GoldsteinÕs ethnography demonstrates amply that children
who spend years in an institution can go on to lead productive lives under
certain conditions. Such conditions may never have been met in any other
childrenÕs institution. That they did exist one time, however, is
cause not only to rejoice but also to understand that recreating these
conditions is difficult and possibly impossible. This volume makes
a distinctive contribution to child welfare policy and practice and to
methods of social work research. ÑJane F. Gilgun, University of
Minnesota The Home on Gorham Street is a significant contribution
to social work literature. Goldstein takes a topic that has been the subject
of continuing debate in social workÑthe childrenÕs institutionÑand
examines it using a fresh approach. The stories of the subjects are handled
with sensitivity and tact. This volume will be recognized as an important
contribution to the literature on residential child care. ÑPaul
H. Stuart, The University of Alabama Howard Goldstein is Professor Emeritus
of Social Work, Case Western Reserve University.

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