In this article, we will examine the conditions which have created the boarder baby epidemic and the attendant problem of lack of availability of foster care. We will briefly examine the social, cultural, psychological and political parameters which have determined the dynamics of this problem. Finally, we will review some earlier attempts toward the resolution of the problem and provide an overview evaluating the bona fides of those approaches. Our analysis will also draw upon relevant events which have occurred in other American cities that help us to understand this problem.
James S. Bowen, Madeline Morris, & Jose M. Rivera, The Boarder Baby and Foster Care Crises in New York City: Problems of Policy and Poverty, 5 J.L. & Health 143 (1990-1991)