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PROTECTION OF CHILDREN   133

vestigation held regarding the circumstances of the child who may be committed by the judge to the care of the Children's Aid Society, maintenance being made by the order a charge upon the municipality from which the child comes. The judge may order the parent of a neglected child to contribute towards the maintenance.

It is the duty of the Children's Aid Society, to whom the child has been committed, to look after the child until it is twenty-one years of age, or is adopted under the provisions of The Adoption Act, and it is also the duty of the society to place the child, if possible, in a suitable home. In the administration of the Act, the policy has been to place children in private homes as far as possible. The passing of The Adoption Act has done much to facilitate the work. Institutional care or committal to an industrial school, while necessary in some cases, is ordinarily considered undesirable.

The Act contains provisions for imposing penalties for permitting children to be loitering in any public place after nine o'clock in the evening, unless accompanied by its


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