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* Father cats take no role in raising their young, especially considering how they've been known to [[OffingTheOffspring kill them.]]

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* There was a rumor that the death of Creator/WaltDisney's own mother (she died from asphyxiation caused by a defective furnace a month after moving into a new house) was what inspired this trope in so many Disney movies. In reality, Walt was in his 30's at the time and while it certainly devastated him, he had already made ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', which began this trend. Since his movies were based on books and fairy tales, it's simply a very common trope OlderThanFeudalism.


* When Europe was stricken by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Famine_of_1315%E2%80%931317 Great Famine of 13151317]], many desperate people abandoned their own children because they couldn't feed them. It's been speculated that this is the origin of fairy tales like ''Literature/HanselAndGretel''.

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* When Europe was stricken by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Famine_of_1315%E2%80%931317 org/wiki/Great_Famine_of_1315-1317 Great Famine of 13151317]], many desperate people abandoned their own children because they couldn't feed them. It's been speculated that this is the origin of fairy tales like ''Literature/HanselAndGretel''.

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* When Europe was stricken by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Famine_of_1315%E2%80%931317 Great Famine of 13151317]], many desperate people abandoned their own children because they couldn't feed them. It's been speculated that this is the origin of fairy tales like ''Literature/HanselAndGretel''.

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** Very much TruthInTelevision in the animal kingdom, where in most animals that lay eggs (invertebrates, reptiles, etc) the involvement of parents on their offspring ends with putting said eggs in a place outside the reach of predators, or at best as in some spiders protecting them until the mother dies.


* In Nebraska the original safe haven law allowed any child under 18 to be left at a hospital. Resulting in 35 non-infant children being left at hospitals.
* In some cases the only way a parent can get a dangerously mentally disturbed child the help they need is to surrender their parental rights to the state.

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* ** In Nebraska the original safe haven law allowed any child under 18 to be left at a hospital. Resulting in 35 non-infant children being left at hospitals.
* ** In some cases the only way a parent can get a dangerously mentally disturbed child the help they need is to surrender their parental rights to the state.


In UsefulNotes/{{Romania}} under the rule of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolae_Ceau%C8%99escu Nicolae Ceaușescu]], women were expected to bear ''at least'' four children (or face stiff tax penalties), and were not allowed to abort or use birth control. Since not every family had the resources to support large numbers of children, this resulted in orphanages that were ''notoriously'' overcrowded and understaffed. The children were kept in ''horrific'' conditions, and many of those that survived had ''serious'' mental health problems due to being abandoned, and then not getting enough attention from staff.

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* In UsefulNotes/{{Romania}} under the rule of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolae_Ceau%C8%99escu Nicolae Ceaușescu]], women were expected to bear ''at least'' four children (or face stiff tax penalties), and were not allowed to abort or use birth control. Since not every family had the resources to support large numbers of children, this resulted in orphanages that were ''notoriously'' overcrowded and understaffed. The children were kept in ''horrific'' conditions, and many of those that survived had ''serious'' mental health problems due to being abandoned, and then not getting enough attention from staff.

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In UsefulNotes/{{Romania}} under the rule of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolae_Ceau%C8%99escu Nicolae Ceaușescu]], women were expected to bear ''at least'' four children (or face stiff tax penalties), and were not allowed to abort or use birth control. Since not every family had the resources to support large numbers of children, this resulted in orphanages that were ''notoriously'' overcrowded and understaffed. The children were kept in ''horrific'' conditions, and many of those that survived had ''serious'' mental health problems due to being abandoned, and then not getting enough attention from staff.


* Back in the 1940's, René Spitz discovered that the infant mortality rate in the foundling hospital he was in charge of was far higher than the national average infant death rate. After trying several physical ways of fixing the problem, he discovered that the cause was simple lack of physical comfort, caused by the absence of a parent to care for the infant. When he had the nurses act as parental substitutes by taking time to simply cuddle the infants, the death rate dropped dramatically. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvdOe10vrs4 See a silent film on the subject here]]

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* Back in the 1940's, René Spitz discovered that the infant mortality rate in the foundling hospital he was in charge of was far higher than the national average infant death rate. After trying several physical ways of fixing the problem, he discovered that the cause was simple lack of physical comfort, caused by the absence of a parent to care for the infant. When he had the nurses act as parental substitutes by taking time to simply cuddle the infants, the death rate dropped dramatically. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvdOe10vrs4 See a silent film on the subject here]]here.]]

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* Brood parasitism, as practiced by several kinds of birds and fishes, occurs when the parasitic species lays its eggs in the nests of another species. The parasite's young are cared for by the nest's unsuspecting owners, and never meet their biological parents.


* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Harlow Numerous studies with monkeys]] has put forth the theory that not only is there a problem with outright neglect, but even emotional coldness or social isolation can create socially disordered (or autistic) children later on. The same studies found that a surrogate would produce strange but okay children. So, basically, it's better to be RaisedByWolves than have ParentalAbandonment.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Harlow Numerous studies with monkeys]] has put forth the theory that not only is there a problem with outright neglect, but even emotional coldness or social isolation can create socially disordered (or autistic) children later on. The same studies found that a surrogate would produce strange but okay children. So, basically, it's better to be RaisedByWolves than have ParentalAbandonment.

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* Back in the 1940's, René Spitz discovered that the infant mortality rate in the foundling hospital he was in charge of was far higher than the national average infant death rate. After trying several physical ways of fixing the problem, he discovered that the cause was simple lack of physical comfort, caused by the absence of a parent to care for the infant. When he had the nurses act as parental substitutes by taking time to simply cuddle the infants, the death rate dropped dramatically. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvdOe10vrs4 See a silent film on the subject here]]

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* Some animals, such as elephants and orca whales, learn how to raise young by watching family members do it. If a captive individual doesn't get this opportunity, it greatly increases the chance of the animal not caring for her offspring.

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* In Nebraska the original safe haven law allowed any child under 18 to be left at a hospital. Resulting in 35 non-infant children being left at hospitals.
* In some cases the only way a parent can get a dangerously mentally disturbed child the help they need is to surrender their parental rights to the state.

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