Social work roots
Children’s Bureau marks 100 years
By Paul R. Pace, NEWS Staff
|Illustration by John Yanson
Imagine a time when children were considered the same as
Their shoulders carried the burdens of grown-up
responsibilities. Many toiled in America’s coal mines, factories and farms.
The thought of focusing attention on the well-being of the
nation’s youngest citizens was a radical concept at the dawn of the 20th
It took the vision and determination of a group of pioneering
women to bring to light a simple fact: Children have unique needs from their
adult counterparts. If society was to better itself, a federal approach was
necessary to help children thrive into adulthood.
From that idea the Children’s Bureau became a reality. This
month marks the 100th anniversary of the federal agency whose roots are deep in
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