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Orphanages have existed since before the Union, since before the monarchy in fact. Though they have been previously abused.

Before the monarchy, orphanages were just families with large homes who took on the responsibilities of those kids with nowhere to go. But soon enough people began to abuse this. Some of these families were not as kind as they seemed, and though they put a roof over the head of those less fortunate and offered them food, this was not free. They would require services from the kids, some were not too bad, help around the house. But others had them work long days in the field.

Pretty much a form of slavery. And having to choose between this lifestyle and dying of hunger out on the street, options were limited.  

Once the monarchy was created and the first laws came into play, slavery between species within the Union was abolished. This left a lot of children on the street.

As a way to combat this, William, the second monarch, handed out benefits to those homes willing to take a child not their own. This led to a lot of families being smart, instead of having their own children, they just adopted the amount they wanted. It wasn’t perfect, but it got kids of the street.

These were nor orphanages, orphanages still existed, but they were few and far between. Usually orphanages were more a hobby, very rich families with nothing better to do with their time would buy a house and set this up. There was no real state surveillance so it’s hard to know how well these orphanages functioned.

During the Art Revolution, more attention was bought to orphans, a book called “Roofless and Ruthless” by an orphan who had grown up homeless got public empathy and demanded something be done.

The monarchy reacted, in Year 4 of James’ reign by increasing the benefits. They were increased to the point where a savvy businessman could easily profit from the business of an orphanage, and soon they started showing up.

Of course, should our most vulnerable be seen as a business? Of course not. But there was not other option in the eyes of the masses.

Until, Year 13 of Joseph’s Reign, the first public orphanage opened. It was one hundred percent funded, staffed and managed by the monarchy. It proved that there was no reason to pay the private sector. This was the first, but more quickly appeared.

Benefits were pulled, the monarchy offered to buy the private orphanages, usually for a high enough amount that it would be profitable, avoiding any outbursts or riots.

Nowadays there are no benefits for adopting. People do so because they wish to. The monarchy runs all publicly funded orphanages, and the few private are done by large charity organizations under the close watch of the monarchy.

There is a slightly higher rate of crimes and failure coming from orphans than from your standard family, but this isn’t believed to be a systematic failure, rather the unfortunate side affect of the trauma many orphans go through to make it where they are. Despite this there is continued research into improving the education and care.

At the beginning of Philip’s reign, a kingdom wide investigation was led. Many people were fired, orphans rehomed and funds increased.

 

 

This article was written by Itazu Warren as part of a school project.