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Running head: ORPHAN TRAIN RIDERS
Orphan Train Riders
ORPHAN TRAIN RIDERS
Children, Adolescents and their Families
In the course of the Orphan train riders, we had hundreds of children residing on the
streets whereby some used to sell newspapers and matches in order to purchase something to eat
while others joined gangs with the notion that they will get protection from them. Estimates of
more than two thousand children were held in the orphan asylums. Sadly enough, orphaned kids
were perceived as disposable objects that could be transacted, offered to other people or rather
being discarded on a whim. Children used to be neglected, mistreated and frequently forgotten
by their parents and guardians. With the absence of federal laws for protecting children, they
were regularly abused both s...