As children from the Home were sent to live and work with families, members of the Association stayed in contact with them to ensure they were being treated according to their contract. The children were encouraged to write back to the Home, and some did for many years after they were placed in families. The letters presented here were included in the Annual Reports of the Association. Most were addressed to Miss Eliza Heacock, a matron of the Home for 22 years.

Philadelphia, February 15, 1876

My Dear Friend, Miss Heacock:

I take this opportunity to write you to let you know that we are well. I want to know how my little brother is; is he well? How is all the boys at the home? I go to school every day and I can read and write. I am trying to be a good boy and I do not get a whipin to school.

I have a good father and mother (the people who adopted him,) and a sister and I like them better than I like anybody else. I go to church every Sunday and to Sunday school. I went to quarterly meeting last Sunday. Mose Jo (blank) and Rob Smith comes to play with me Sundays. I write this letters to you my friend Miss Heacock. Write to R. K.