AfriGeneas States Research Forum
Re: [WV] ORPHANAGE IN CABELL CO, WV(CORRECTION)
In Response To: Re: [WV] ORPHANAGE IN CABELL CO, WV(CORRECTION) ()
As to how common it was, anything I said would only be sheer speculation based on almost no experience on my part. You might want to try your question in the Adoption Forum here. They may have more experience. The reason I responded to your query was because I've recently been researching in West Virginia, especially Cabell County.
I have seen at least one other similar foster care situtation while I was researching in Alabama that was more like the traditional foster care situation that we see today where a family (in that case a white woman and her natural children) takes in children (in that case a group of African-American siblings). It's easier to identify a foster care situation when it involves mixed races because it's an unusual living situation. The Cabell County situation seemed to be a case where their foster care was being operated like a small orphanage out of the home of Byron Wolcott while the Wolcott family appeared to be living elsewhere and a matron was in charge of the children.