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November 22, 1947

Unto the Least of These: Social Services for Children

JAMA. 1947;135(12):808. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890120062033

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The author provides in this volume a fairly detailed history of the development of child-welfare activities in this country from colonial days to the present. Coming in for particular attention throughout the years following its establishment in 1912 is the work of the United States Children's Bureau. The Social Security Act which became law on Aug. 14, 1935 is credited with incorporating "the first broad provision... for participation by the federal government in a unified attack on public-welfare problems by federal, state and local units of government."

In addition to the history of the general development of childwelfare activities the author also discusses trends in child care, the control of juvenile delinquency and the legal basis of sound action; he concludes with a chapter on what lies ahead.

Though this volume was obviously written for social service workers and the style much more closely approaches that of a textbook than

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