Aspects of Care of the Unmarried Mother in a Children's Service Agency

By Jean G. Feinberg

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Spring 1961

Unmarried mothers who approached the Jewish Children's Bureau in Chicago in the late 1950s and early 1960s would be met by social workers who were prepared to offer them support and encouragement in their time of difficulty. During their first visit or phone call, potential clients will inquire about three basic needs, medical care, housing, and a plan for the baby, and the social worker must assure her that these physical needs will be met before beginning to tend to the mother's emotional needs. The social worker does well to set the client up at a home for young women in her situation, to connect the client with a private obstetrician (paid by the agency), and to offer to accompany the client on her day of labor. The author suggests that the social worker should, in most cases, encourage the client to release her child for adoption so that the young woman has time to mature and focus on her own needs. These efforts accompany the social worker's building a strong relationship with the client that can be maintained for weeks or months after the client gives birth.

Topic: Social Services, Social Work, Adoption, Health and Healing, Women

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 37/No.2

Page Number(s): 280-286

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: Chicago, Illinois

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Feinberg, Jean G. Aspects of Care of the Unmarried Mother in a Children's Service Agency. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1961: 280-286. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4224


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