Were You Raised as a Practice Baby at an American College?

For 50 Years, Orphans and Welfare Cases Were Used to Teach Young Women About Childrearing

Photo: Bobby Domecon (for Domestic Economy) is the second practice baby to arrive at Cornell in 1920. He was a malnutrition case, but developed normally during his two-year stay.

Hundreds of babies awaiting adoption were on loan from orphanages to some of the nation's most prestigious colleges, so that students could practice the latest child-rearing techniques. Their identities were kept anonymous, and practice baby programs were ended in 1969. Were you one of the babies? ABC News would like to hear from you for a future story.

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