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December 25, 1943

Government Services

JAMA. 1943;123(17):1129. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840520045017

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Urge New Agency on Child Welfare  The establishment of a small federal agency to serve as a clearing house on the subject of juvenile delinquency was suggested at the Senate's subcommittee on wartime health education, December 1, by Richard A. Chappell, chief of probation of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Mr. Chappell recommended that the unit should be made up of representatives of several federal departments now concerned with child welfare, such as the Children's Bureau, Public Health Service, Bureau of Prisons, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Federal Probation Service. Michael J. Scott, St. Louis, secretary of the Juvenile Court Judges of America, said that in St. Louis 90 per cent of delinquency arose from "some broken home condition." Dr. Arnold L. Gesell, director of the clinic of child development, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., stated that in the recent six months Connecticut had had a 30

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