TIL in the early 20th century, mother’s pensions were used to help poor mothers in the US stay at home so they could take care of their children. During this time period, it was common for poor women to give up their kids to orphanages. These cash payments were intended to prevent that.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothers%27_pensions

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  1. One of my great great great (I think it was 3 greats) grandfathers was left with a babysitter as a baby, and never picked up. Apparently the baby was illegitimate AND the mother was poor. The babysitter just raised him as her own. I guess you could do that then.

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