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

New E-book Shares Children’s Bureau’s 100-Year Commitment to Children and Families

Cover: The Children’s Bureau Legacy: Ensuring the Right to Childhood

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

A recently released e-book—The Children’s Bureau Legacy: Ensuring the Right to Childhood—presents a comprehensive look at the first 100 years of the Children’s Bureau, which is part of the ACYF/ACF/HHS. The e-book combines compelling text with striking historical images to tell the story of a small Federal agency that took on some of the nation’s most devastating social problems, including infant mortality, child labor, and child abuse and neglect.

The e-book places the Children’s Bureau’s achievements in the context of changing world events and social movements, including the following:

  • 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)

Read the e-book to learn more about how the agency’s early efforts, coupled with an enduring commitment to children, youth, and families, laid the foundation for today’s initiatives to improve the lives of children and families.

The Children’s Bureau Legacy: Ensuring the Right to Childhood (ISBN = 9780160917226) can be purchased online from:

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

“[This] will be a treasured resource, a landmark publication and, in many cases, a roadmap for addressing many of our 21st-century challenges involving the nation’s diverse children and their families.”

Katharine Briar-Lawson, Dean and Professor, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, State University of New York


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About James R. Marsh

A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and its acclaimed Child Advocacy Law Clinic, James represents victims of sex abuse in schools, colleges, churches, foster care, and government and military institutions; online sexual exploitation; sexting; child pornography; child trafficking; sextortion; and revenge porn. He is an experienced trial attorney and frequent commentator and author on legal issues affecting children. James founded the nationally recognized Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC and currently serve as co-chair of its emeritus board.

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