Public Welfare

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 1, Winter

Address by the Secretary of Labor
Arthur J. Goldberg was secretary of labor in the Kennedy Administration when he made this speech. Published in January 1962, Secretary Goldberg's address was delivered before APWA's National Round Table Conference in December 1961. In his Inaugural...
A Dream Translated to Reality
It hardly seems possible that a quarter of a century has elapsed since that hot, humid, August noontime when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. It is impossible to convey to persons who were not adult in 1935, when this bill...
A Letter from Dwight D. Eisenhower
Written on the occasion of APWA's 1953 Round Table Conference, this letter was published in January 1954. THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON Mr. John Winters, President American Public Welfare Association Edgewater Beach Hotel Chicago, Illinois Dear Mr. Winters:...
A Letter from Franklin D. Roosevelt
THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON November 23, 1942 My dear Mr. Patterson: Will you please extend my greetings and good wishes to the members of the National Council of State Public Assistance and Welfare Administrators and the National Council of Local...
A Letter from Harry S. Truman
President Truman wrote to APWA President Joseph E. Baldwin on the occasion of APWA's 1949 Round Table Conference. The letter was published in January 1950. THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON Dear Mr. Baldwin: I am happy to take this opportunity to extend...
A Letter from Lyndon B. Johnson
President Johnson's letter was presented to the 1963 National Round Table Conference less than two weeks after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It was published in January 1964. THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON Mr. Guy R. Justis President American Public...
A Salute to 25 Years of Social Security
Twenty-six years ago, in the depth of the worst business depression of American history, I was a student in the Department of Economics at the University of Wisconsin, in Professor Edwin E. Witte's freewheeling seminar on Wisconsin's economic problems....
Child Abuse: Issues and Answers
This article was published in the spring of 1974, when Senator Mondale (D-Minnesota) was chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Youth. He introduced the Child Care Prevention and Treatment Act, which was signed into law by President Nixon January...
Fifty Years of Public Welfare
"WE STAND IN THE STREAM OF TIME WITH SOME MARVELOUS COMPANY." An early photograph in the American Public Welfare Association's archives shows APWA constituents listening attentively to a conference speaker. The speaker--a large, gap-toothed woman in...
Four Pennies to My Name: What It's like on Welfare
I had to get up at 3:30 and start getting the kids dressed. It was cool that morning and I didn't have a coat for Sam. I decided to use Sally's coat that Aunt Jean had given her two years ago. He wouldn't know the difference, and I could care less...
Goals for Children and Youth as We Move from War to Peace
The following statement was adopted March 17-18, 1944, by the Children's Bureau Commission on Children in Wartime and was originally published in June 1944. After more than two years of war, the families and communities of our Nation are being drawn...
If CPS Is Driving Child Welfare - Where Do We Go from Here?
As we enter the 1990s, child protective services (CPS) has emerged as the dominant child and family social service provided by public agencies. Some would argue that CPS in effect is driving the child welfare system, often taking it over completely....
Measuring Poverty
In the spring of 1978, Mollie Orshansky and others joined in a round table session to explore some of the issues intrinsic in determining an official poverty line. When this article was published, the author was with the Office of Research and Development,...
New Weapons in Fighting Poverty
R. Sargent Shriver, Jr., was director of the Peace Corps and director of the Office of Economic Opportunity when he delivered this message at APWA's 1965 National Round Table Conference. The speech appeared in the January 1966 issue of PUBLIC WELFARE....
Public Services and Private Trust
NBC commentator and journalist David Brinkley spoke about civil rights before the 1963 National Round Table Conference. His remarks, abridged here, were published in January 1964. I do not know anything about the public welfare profession, except in...
Should Father Have a Mother's Pension?
At the time this article was published, Sanford Bates was commissioner of the New Jersey State Department of Institutions and Agencies. The article was published in July 1952. The New Jersey State Board of Child Welfare, an agency of the Department...
Social Policy and the Poor: Fifty Years of Looking Ahead
I accepted this assignment knowing that in so many ways I speak as a substitute. I am a surrogate for many voices. I'm a surrogate for a case aide in Mississippi; a supervisor in Anchorage, Alaska; an income maintenance worker in St. Johnsbury, Vermont,...
Social Security at 50
In its fiftieth year, the Social Security Act is a subject of controversy. Many people argue that its objectives are confused: its public assistance programs do not properly assist and its social insurances do not properly insure. Conservatives, liberals,...
The Food Stamp Program: Its History and Reform
Jodie T. Allen was senior vice president of Mathematica Policy Research, a national research and development firm, when this article was published in the summer of 1977. Sometime this summer, perhaps even before this is published, the "food stamp...
Work for People on Welfare
For the past twenty-five years, administrators, legislators, and academics have debated the appropriate design of the nation's welfare system, particularly the federally supported Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program.(1) A central...
Working Mothers in the Aid to Dependent Children Program
Alice E. Mertz was casework training director, Bureau of Public Assistance, Department of Charities, Los Angeles County, California, when this article was published in July 1952. In many parts of the country, through law and regulation, it is becoming...
"You Haven't Lived Here Long Enough." (Social Welfare Benefits for Migrants)(originally Published September 1948 in This Journal)
This editorial on residency laws appeared in September 1948. The year was 1675. Refugees deluged Boston in the wake of King Philip's War. These needy outsiders found themselves unable to get relief from the local authorities. At once a law was passed...