"[A] passionate critique of the inadequate, contradictory, even fraudulent public policies that characterized many federal and state social welfare prgrams in the 20th century.... [A]n important, thoughtful, and provocative contribution to the histories of childhood and social work. Highly recommended." Choice
"...a must read for students of policy and childhood alike." History: Review of New Books
"...the book presents real insight [and] a fascinating, detailed history of the major public policies affecting children during the past century." Children and Youth Services Review
"By combining a tightly written text with extensive notes that enrich and bolster arguement...[Sealander] balances clarity with considerable nuance and complexity. The writing is lively, with a sharp edge and entertaining anecdotes... this book will make readers think. It deserves three hearty cheers." The Journal of American History
"Judith Sealander's book is an awe-inspiring synthesis of research on state responses to child welfare in the twentieth century. Often challenging conventional wisdom, the book offers a dauntingly original take on many child welfare policies. As a historical account of child welfare policy in the twentieth century it is superb. Hers is a work that is meant to be of use. Sealander's book is one of the finest works of historical scholarship in the service of public policy that I have read."
Julia Grant, Michigan State University, American Historical Review