PREFERRED TERM
abandoned children  
DEFINITION
  • Child abandonment means giving up all claim and interest over an infant with intent of never reclaiming the baby. Mothers surrender offspring for various reasons: mental illness, for example, or poverty, particularly in societies with inadequate social welfare arrangements or in which adoption procedures are difficult or orphanages are rare or overcrowded. [Source: The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America: An Encylopedia; Children, Abandoned]
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https://concepts.sagepub.com/social-science/concept/abandoned_children
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