Read historical accounts of the orphan trains that brought children from New York City and the East Coast to the Midwest. Includes personal accounts, photographs, lesson plans, and booklists. There are also photographs of New York City at the beginning of the 20th century. Includes links to eThemes Resources on adoption and historical fiction writing.
This site is filled with stories, biographies, and images of people who were part of the orphan trains that arrived in Kansas. It also includes a version of the adoption form used. Much of the reading is advanced.
This site has comprehensive information about the orphan trains including stories of orphan train riders, history of the orphan trains, and more. Click educational materials to find online resources, PowerPoint presentations, lesson plans, and more.
Learn more about the genre of historical fiction. There are definitions and listings of recommended children's books, plus lesson plans and classroom activities. Includes links to eThemes Resources on various historical fiction books.
These sites provide information about open and closed adoptions, adoption procedures, costs, and practices of adoption in the US as compared to foreign countries. Some sites also provide statistics regarding the most common foreign countries adoptions are from and most common ages of children adopted.