I would guess many Amish and former Amish frown on the practice now. She talks about mainly kissing and seems to be relieved that this was as far as it went, but I found it obvious that it was not uncommon for there to be much more involved than just "making out," as my generation would have named it.
This part of her book left me with so many questions.
Poorhouses The most prevalent means of caring for the poor with public funds in early America were poorhouses and outdoor relief.
The major advantages for a locality funding a poorhouse (sometimes labeled an almshouse or workhouse) to care for dependent persons were: the necessity of working every day would be a deterrent for able bodied persons who were simply lazy or shiftless; and the regimen of daily life in a congregate setting would instill habits of economical and virtuous living in persons who were destitute because of moral weakness or self-indulgence.
Half the sum requisite for their maintenance in the poor house would often save them from destitution, and enable them to work in their households and their vicinity, sufficiently to earn the remainder of their support during the inclement season when indigence suffers the most, and when it is most likely to be forced into the common receptacles of pauperism, whence it rarely emerges without a loss of self respect and a sense of degradation…”Despite the societal and religious values prevalent in this period of American history, opponents of outdoor relief found it difficult to argue in support of poor houses as a more suitable solution for helping relieve the economic distress of the aged, severely handicapped, widows and orphaned children. Retrieved [date accessed] from /programs/poor-relief/.
Further contributing to the acceptance of public assistance in the form of outdoor relief was the emergence of urban areas as centers of labor during the 19th Century.
The preamble to the English Law of Settlement and Removal of 1662 claimed that large numbers of indigent persons were moving to those rural communities where more liberal poor relief was provided to the needy.
The poor laws also set down the means for dealing with each category of needy persons and established the parish (i.e., local government) as the responsible agent for administering the law.The facts revealed that only a small proportion of residents were able-bodied, and then usually in the winter months when jobs were scarce.In many areas, poorhouses became a refuge for the sick, the severely disabled, frail elderly and homeless children who were unable to work and had no one to care for them.Outdoor Relief The nature and amount of outdoor relief varied widely in early America but it was seldom generous or widely available.The concept of public assistance conflicted with Calvinist values and was sometimes viewed as impinging on the personal gratifications derived from private works of charity.