The Indianapolis Widows and Orphans Friends' Society facility in 1865. The Gene Glick Family Support Center today.


For over 160 years, Children's Bureau, Inc. has proven to be a remarkable institution. Its longevity is due in no small part to the commitment and adaptability of the people who have been associated with it. This is more, however, than a history of the women and men who have led Children's Bureau; it is also a history of the children and adults whose lives the organization has touched.

Children's Bureau adoptive parents
meet a child in the 1940s.

In looking at the Bureau's past, we can learn about the institution and its community and about changes in the way that society has viewed family and parental rights, valued its children and cared for its most "vulnerable" members. "'For the Children's Sake': A History of the Children's Bureau of Indianapolis, Inc." focuses on the evolution of an organization. This 50-page book was funded by the Lilly Endowment for the 150th anniversary of the Children's Bureau in 2000

The book was written by Weintraut & Associates Historians, Inc., designed by Ed Norman Graphic Arts and printed by Pierson Printing. It also reveals how social circumstances and the ideological underpinnings of caring for children have changed over the past 150 years.

The story of Children's Bureau, Inc. is a story worth telling, for it provides perspective on the role of "vulnerable" children in society.
If you are interested in viewing a copy of the book, please contact us.


A Children's Bureau adoptive family today.