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August 19, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(8):672. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640080074021

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Germany's New Law Pertaining to Juvenile Welfare  Section 1 of the law pertaining to juvenile welfare states that every German child is entitled to receive such an education as will render him (or her) physically, mentally and socially fit. The rights and duties of the parents with respect to the education of their children are not affected by this law. Against the will of the parents or guardian, intervention is admissible only when the law specifically allows it. Public assistance to juveniles is not given unless a child's right to an education is not being fulfilled by the family. The juvenile welfare societies (Jugendämter) are the organs through which public assistance to juveniles will be given, except under certain conditions in which other authorities are compelled to intervene. The duties of the Jugendämter are to protect foster-children, to assist in matters pertaining to guardianship, to care for needy minors, to

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