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September 2, 1944


Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C. Chief of the Children's Bureau.

JAMA. 1944;126(1):49. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850360051023

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To the Editor:—  My attention has been called to the Washington letter in The Journal, August 12, headed "American Academy of Pediatrics Withdraws Support from Children's Bureau." In this letter the following statement is made:Last month a conference of child specialists and social workers here took a stand against the bureau's group care of children, asserting that group care was damaging to child welfare and actually more expensive than a foster family system of care which the conferees advocated.This statement is false. The Children's Bureau does not conduct group care of children. We have consistently taken a position against group care of children under the age of 2 years.On July 30 and Aug. 1, 1941 the Children's Bureau held a conference on day care of children of working mothers which adopted certain recommendations including the following: "Infants should be given individual care, preferably in their own homes

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