For over 160 years, Children's Bureau, Inc. has been a remarkable institution, its longevity due in no small part to the commitment of the people associated with it.

The story of Children's Bureau is worth telling. It gives perspective on the history of "vulnerable" children and reveals how social circumstances and the ideological underpinnings of caring for children have changed.

"For the Children's Sake: A History of the Children's Bureau of Indianapolis, Inc." focuses on the agency's evolution. This 50-page book was funded by the Lilly Endowment for the 150th anniversary of Children's Bureau in 2000.

Read "For the Children's Sake"


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.

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

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

A Children's Bureau adoptive family today.