Betty Ford and Santa Claus meet child
Photo courtesy Fred Krause or PCMR

The President's Committee went so far as to suggest that large State institutions were inappropriate for children.

"Infants and children who were once placed in large State institutions are now able to remain in the community.

"Even people with developmental disabilities, because of community-based medical and para-medical services, are able to remain at home or reside in substitute homes.

"The residence of choice for all infants and young children should be their natural home with available supports and respite."