Willowbrook Mile

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“Baby Unit”

This complex was built in 1960 specifically for infants and children. Institutionalization was routinely recommended in those years by the medical community. Families agonized over the decision to place their babies in such large facilities where more than 50 children were cared for by one or two attendants in large, impersonal ward settings. The decision to institutionalize began the child’s and the family’s long desperate journey.

Willowbrook Revisited Episode 6