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August 11, 1945

THE MATERNAL AND CHILD WELFARE ACT OF 1945

JAMA. 1945;128(15):1101. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860320043015

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Abstract

Senator Pepper and nine other members of the Senate Committee on Education and Labor have introduced a bill (see Organization Section, page 1112, this issue) designed to extend the provisions of the Social Security Act by increasing materially the funds available for maternal and child health services, services for crippled children, child welfare services, and an increased personnel of the Children's Bureau necessary for administration. Included are suggestions for research and for education of personnel. This bill is perhaps the official opening of a campaign to make permanent some of the activities that prevail under the so-called EMIC program.

Early in the establishment of EMIC, The Journal predicted that the Children's Bureau would not be happy until permanence had been given to this tremendous expansion of its activities. As with much other legislation for social welfare, few would oppose the objectives sought, namely promotion of the physical and mental health of

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