The centennial anniversary offers a valuable opportunity to look back and reflect on the Children’s Bureau’s impressive history. An engaging e-brochure, interactive timeline, commemorative e-book, and other resources help tell the Children’s Bureau’s story and feature the key issues, laws, and leaders that shaped that story.
On April 9, 1912, President William Howard Taft signed the Children’s Bureau into law and created the first government agency in the world focused solely on the needs of children. Over the next 100 years, the Children’s Bureau played a critical role in improving the lives of children and their families.
While priorities and trends have changed over time, the Children’s Bureau's work has reflected:
Through engaging text and historical images, the Story of the Children's Bureau highlights key activities and accomplishments in each of these areas "then" and "now".
Use this interactive timeline to explore the Children’s Bureau’s rich history, decade by decade. Learn about the key political and social events that influenced the development of today’s Children’s Bureau and shaped the evolution of child welfare in America.
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.
Dr. Cecelia Tichi presents a captivating account of Julia Lathrop and her groundbreaking efforts as the first chief of the Children’s Bureau. Access the full online transcript, PDF (157 KB), and audio mp3 (9.01 MB) of the 2007 presentation.
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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.