This DVD explores the successes and failures of this little known, but highly influential resettlement movement of children across America. Running time approx. 60 min 6"wide x 7" tall.
In the mid-1800s, 10,000 homeless children prowled the streets of New York City - sleeping in stairwells, in stables, or on the docks. In 1853, a young minister, Charles Loring Brace, organized an ambitious rescue effort to remove them from their surroundings and send them by train to Christian homes in the country. Between 1854 and 1929, his Children's Aid Society in New York, and other east coast charities, sent more than 150,000 homeless children to farming communities to begin new lives with foster families. Using poignant interviews with elderly survivors, and century-old letters from children, The Orphan Train explores the successes and failures of this little known, but highly influential resettlement movement.