Set aside ‘Little Orphan Annie.’ How do we really deal with Unwanted Kids?

Originally posted at The Public’s Health blog (Philly.Com).

By Cynthia Connolly, PhD, RN, PNP, FAAN

Americans prefer stories about our most vulnerable youngsters to have a happy ending, like the comic book character “Little Orphan Annie,” so popular that she returned as a musical and was recently remade into the move “Annie” It allows us to indulge in the fantasy that plucky orphans and foster children benefit less from governmental investment (one that might require increasing taxes and more infrastructure) and more from wealthy larger-than-life private citizen rescuers like “Daddy Warbucks” (the comic strip) or “Will Stacks” (the 2014 movie).

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Special Event: The US Response to Throwaway Children

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The U.S. Response to Throwaway Children:
From Orphan Trains to the Current Migrant Crisis

The United States has historically faced the challenge of responding to the needs of children without parents to provide for their care. The Orphan Train provides a historical context for today’s social, moral and legal crisis created by large numbers of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at our borders.

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Children’s Health and Welfare: Rhetoric vs Reality


Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing

By Cynthia Connolly, PhD, RN, PNP, FAAN

Much has changed for American children during the past half century, a great deal of it for the better.  Vaccines, for example, reduced morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases such as whooping-cough, diphtheria that once felled entire communities of children. Continue reading

Reminder: First Measey Colloquium September 27th!


Dr. George E. Pfahler, Nellie McAvoy ’02 and Nurse, Play Acting-Receiving Ward, c.1902 Alumni Association of the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing Image Collection, Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Please remember to register for our first colloquium Professionalizing Nursing and Medicine: The Early Years. The event will be held Saturday, September 27th from 10am-3pm at the University of
Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Registration is free but required and includes lunch.

Register here!