Age 10 Orley Shrouce who worked in a textile mill in Gastonia, NC, circa 1908

The first Children’s Bureau Express Centennial Series explores early 20th century political climate and social movements.  Photo credit: Library of Congress, LC-DIG-nclc-01370

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April 9, 2012, marked the 100th anniversary of the Children’s Bureau. Join us as we celebrate the Children’s Bureau’s history of addressing critical issues affecting children and families and set the stage for the next century.

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Take an interactive look at the most significant events in the Children's Bureau's 100-year history and the social/political events that shaped its evolution.

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The Children's Bureau Legacy: Ensuring the Right to Childhood

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This history of the Children’s Bureau’s first 100 years combines compelling text with striking historical images to tell the story of the small Federal agency that continues to have a big impact on the lives of America’s children and families.
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Children's Bureau Express

Centennial Series

Articles explore the politics and social movements of the early 20th century that laid the groundwork for the creation of the Children's Bureau. View the 1st Centennial series.

Articles take a decade-by-decade look at highlights from the Children's Bureau's first 100 years. View the 2nd Centennial series.


A new video captures 100 years of leadership in protecting children and strengthening families. The series also includes seven spotlight videos on key topics. Available in English and en Español.

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