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Widows and Orphans Friends' SocietyWidows and Orphans Friends' Society

Location: East side of Capitol Avenue, 1/2 block South of the 14th Street intersection, Indianapolis. (Marion County, Indiana)

Installed: 2003 Indiana Historical Bureau and Children's Bureau of Indianapolis, Inc.

ID# : 49.2003.1

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Society created by Indianapolis Benevolent Society 1849 to provide relief for indigent widows and orphans; incorporated 1851 by Indiana General Assembly. Opened its first orphanage on this site 1855. White House Conference in 1909 focused attention on, and led to federal legislation and grants for, dependent children.

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As public policy and funding evolved in the twentieth century, the Society changed its name, location, and specific functions as it strove to address the needs of children and families. Since 1961, organization has offered services as the Children's Bureau of Indianapolis, Inc.

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Side one:

Society created by Indianapolis Benevolent Society 1849 to provide relief for indigent widows and orphans;(1) incorporated 1851 by Indiana General Assembly.(2) Opened its first orphanage on this site 1855.(3) White House Conference in 1909 focused attention on, and led to federal legislation and grants for, dependent children.(4)

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As public policy and funding evolved in the twentieth century, the Society changed its name, location, and specific functions as it strove to address the needs of children and families.(5) Since 1961, organization has offered services as the Children's Bureau of Indianapolis, Inc.(6)

Notes:

(1) Indianapolis Locomotive, October 6, 1849; Indianapolis Locomotive, November 23, 1850; For the Children's Sake, A History of the Indianapolis Children's Bureau (Indianapolis, 2000), 5.

(2) Indiana Laws, 1851, pp. 375-76.

(3) Indianapolis Locomotive, November 6, 1852; Indiana State Daily Journal, November 19, 1852; Indianapolis Locomotive, November 5, 1853; Indianapolis News, December 26, 1926, p. 2; Indianapolis Journal, May 8, 1858; For the Children's Sake, 7. These sources show the progression of building the first orphanage.

(4) "It's Your Children's Bureau, " Social Security Administration Web site at: accessed June 11, 2002; For the Children's Sake, 19.

(5) For the Children's Sake, 20-24; "It's Your Children's Bureau, " 2-3; Children's Bureau of Indianapolis, Inc. Timeline, Children's Bureau Web site, accessed September 20, 2002.

(6) For the Children's Sake, 36; "It's Your Children's Bureau, " 3; Children's Bureau of Indianapolis, Inc. Timeline.