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`They cared for the children'

Amid shifting social winds, Catholic Charities prepares to end its 103 years of finding homes for foster children and evolving families

A nun escorted two girls into an orphanage that worked under the Catholic Charities Bureau. The home was a temporary site for orphans ages 3 to 12.
A nun escorted two girls into an orphanage that worked under the Catholic Charities Bureau. The home was a temporary site for orphans ages 3 to 12. (Archives Archdiocese of Boston) Archives Archdiocese of Boston
By Patricia Wen
Globe Staff / June 25, 2006

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When abortion was legalized in 1973, Catholic Charities of Boston saw the number of babies put up for adoption plummet, and its caseload fell from about 500 to 50 children a year. The agency changed its focus to finding homes for older foster children. (Full article: 1262 words)

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