Basically, the characters in this story have taken in two children whose mother is dead and whose father was recently killed in a construction accident. The new potential family is very well-off, though a little unconventional in that the household consists of two men and a woman, none of whom are related to each other. The kids are 3 and 5 and grew up in one of the tenement areas of the city. They're now homeless and have no family. Does anyone have any specific information on the process of adoption in this place at this time? Would they even have to bother with legal adoption if the children have no family?
My research has turned up information about the Orphan Train program, about the shift from orphanages to fosterage, adoption, and indenture, and about the huge numbers of orphan and homeless children in the large urban centers. I understand that if these kids, like many children of immigrants and the poor, were born at home and not registered, they might not even legally exist, and that government welfare programs were in their infancy at this time. I just can't find information specific to the actual adoption process.
Hello! I am writing a story that takes place in New York City circa 2005.
My character moved to NYC in 2005. He is supposed to have moved in with a friend of a friend who had a place 'in the East Village', but for my purposes that has to have been a bit of an exaggeration and he is really living in a shabby apartment (think: tenement, not necessarily a slum). So my question is - is there an area that is near enough to the East Village so that if you really stretched it, it wouldn't be a lie, but wouldn't be part of the gentrified area of the East Village.
Google brings me to Alphabet City, but it seems as though that has really become gentrified since the days of Rent. Is there any part of that area that is still a little sketchy? Any help you can lend at all would be most appreciated! Doesn't have to be anything more than a street name - just so that native New Yorker's eyes won't roll too hard when they read. He will have moved to the actual East Village by 2008.