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November 2013Vol. 14, No. 8Centennial E-Book Launches

The Children's Bureau is pleased to announce the release of a new e-book with a comprehensive history of the Children's Bureau's first 100 years. The Children's Bureau Legacy: Ensuring the Right to Childhood (ISBN = 9780160917226) combines compelling text with striking images to recount the Children's Bureau's efforts to address vital issues—from reducing high infant mortality and eradicating child labor to preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting permanency for children and youth. The e-book places the Bureau's history into the context of changing world events and social movements. A core theme throughout is the importance of the contributions made by CB staff members—past and present—who work tirelessly on behalf of children and families.

We encourage you to check out this new resource and expand your knowledge of how early initiatives set the foundation for today's programs for children and families. The e-book is organized by key historical periods:

  • America's Conscience Gives Birth to the Children's Bureau
  • Saving Babies and Restoring Childhood (1912–1929)
  • The Great Depression and Social Security (1930–1939)
  • Wartime and Recovery (1940–1956)
  • A Growing Government Shrinks the Children's Bureau (1957–1973)
  • Sharpening the Focus on Child Welfare (1974–1992)
  • Partnering with Families and Working to Improve Outcomes (1993–2012)

The e-book can be purchased from:

A free PDF also is available from the CB centennial website: