History

For more than 167 years, Children’s Bureau has responded to the changing needs of the communities it serves.  This has been made possible by the commitment of the people in each of these communities.

The Children’s Bureau story 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.