The safest method to pursue is that of writing to the clerk of the local Board of Guardians. There are few Boards in the country which have not in their care, either in the workhouse or in what are called foster-homes, a number of foundlings or orphans. The Board would have to satisfy itself that you were a fit and proper person to have control of the child, and it is not unlikely that you would have to appear in person at a meeting of the Boarding-out Committee, or even the Board itself.
Mention of a Board of Guardians recalls the fact that all over the country women appear to be taking a more active part in the administration of poor relief. Indeed, women as members of a Board of Guardians, are proving every day that too long has this field of labour been monopolised by the men. Admittedly, women are more practical than men in this work, and the nervous fear of an applicant for outdoor relief is minimised when in the board-room he or she encounters the sympathetic smiles of women where the cold, callous questioning of business men had been anticipated. A lonely woman, granted that her qualifications as a ratepayer are satisfactory, might find a great deal of interest in the work. She should write to the clerk to the Board, who would be only too glad to advise her of all the preliminaries and the chances of success if an election were to be fought.