For more than 165 years, Children’s Bureau 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” is a sesquicentennial book funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. in 2000 to focus on the agency’s evolution over 150 years.

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.