The Children's Bureau Legacy: Ensuring the Right to Childhood (ePub eBook)

The Children's Bureau Legacy: Ensuring the Right to Childhood (ePub eBook)
The Children's Bureau Legacy: Ensuring the Right to Childhood (ePub eBook)
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Comprehensive history of the Children’s Bureau from 1912-2012 in eBook form that shares the legacy of this landmark agency that established the first Federal Government programs, research, and social reform initiatives aimed to improve the safety and well-being of children, youth and families. 

In addition to bios of agency heads and review of legislation and publications, this important book provides a critical look at the evolution of the Nation and its treatment of children as the book covers inspiring and sometimes heart-wrenching topics, such as: child labor; the Orphan Trains, adoption and foster care;  infant and maternal mortality and childhood diseases; parenting, infant and child care education; the role of women's clubs and reformers; child welfare standards; Aid to Dependent Children; depression relief; children of migrants and minorities (African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans), including Indian Boarding Schools and Indian Adoption Programs; disabled children's care; children in wartime, including support of military families and World War II refugee children; juvenile delinquency; early childhood education, including Head Start; family planning; child abuse and neglect; natural disaster recovery; and much more.


The Children's Bureau is a 100-year-old Federal agency within the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. The Bureau was created in 1912 “to investigate and report . . . upon all matters pertaining to the welfare of children and child life among all classes of our people.” Since that time, the Children's Bureau has moved about within different Federal agencies, and many of its responsibilities were spun off to other, newer agencies. These changes have allowed the Bureau to narrow its focus to serving children and families involved across the entire continuum of child welfare services, from prevention of child maltreatment to foster care and adoption. Today, the Children's Bureau provides guidance, develops policy, collects national statistics, monitors State child welfare services, and oversees funding for a wealth of child welfare programs.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:


Chapter 1: America’s Conscience Gives Birth to the Children’s Bureau

Chapter 2: Saving Babies and Restoring Childhood (1912–1929)

Chapter 3: The Great Depression and Social Security (1929–1939)

Chapter 4: Wartime and Recovery (1940–1956)

Chapter 5: A Growing Government Shrinks the Children’s Bureau (1957–1973). Includes information on President John F. Kennedy's Task Force on Health and Social Security, Public Welfare Amendments of 1962, his establishing the President’s Committee on Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime,  and signing the Maternal and Child Health and Mental Retardation Planning bill.

Chapter 6: Sharpening the Focus on Child Welfare (1974–1992)

Chapter 7: Partnering With Families and Working to Improve Outcomes




Child welfare and related professionals, legislators, educators, researchers and advocates, university school of social work faculty and staff, libraries, and others interested in social work related to children, youth and families

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families
  • The Children's Bureau within the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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