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The Story of the Children's Bureau, America in Wartime: 1938-1960

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Date Developed: 8/16/2012. Source: Children’s Bureau Centennial. Presenter(s): Carl Rochelle; Pam Day. Type: Webinar Archive. Level: Introductory. Length: 50 minutes.


In this 50-minute presentation, Carl Rochelle and Pam Day describe the evolution of the Children’s Bureau from World War II to 1960. The presentation begins by describing the condition of the United States during the war and the role of the Children’s Bureau during this time. It talks about the White House Conferences on Children, the Industrial Recovery Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title V, and the establishment of the Emergency Maternal and Child Infant Care Program to provide medical care for military families. It was also during this time that the Children’s Bureau began to expand its focus outside of the US. It became involved in evacuating children from warzones and refugee camps in Europe by providing both temporary foster homes in the US as well as easing immigration restrictions for children and adolescents who were survivors of concentration camps and/or had lost their homes and families due to the war. The presentation concludes with the bureau’s activities in 1960.

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To access the presentation, click “See More” under the “Historical Webinar Series: April 2012-March 2013” description. Under “The Story of the Children’s Bureau, America in Wartime: 1938-1960” click on the “View Webinar” to begin the presentation. [Note: Need Windows Media Player to watch].

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.