Clara Hale


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(1905–1992) Clara Hale was the first proprietor of a not-for-profit child care agency serving children born addicted to drugs or alcohol or with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Born in Philadelphia, Hale migrated to New York City after her marriage to Thomas Hale, who died prematurely. From 1941 to 1968, to care for her three young children as a young, single parent, she became a foster parent for more than 40 children. She was praised for her parenting skills, which she credited to her strict Black Baptist code of discipline.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Social Work.

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