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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1947. Department of Social Work.


Copyright 1947, the author. Used by permission.


This thesis studies the Child Welfare Association of Omaha, Nebraska.It begins with a study of the city of Omaha, its population, occupation, industry, and the children’s agencies and institutions in 1945.

The thesis also includes a background of the Child Welfare Association of Omaha.This includes the Community Welfare Council recognition of a need for a coordinated child welfare program in 1923 and the Child Welfare League of America’s survey of Omaha’s children’s agencies in 1929.

The thesis also discusses the organization of the Children’s Aid Service, including the Children’s Survey Committee Recommendations, the organization of Children’s Aid Service as a Department of the Family Welfare Association, February 15, 1931, the function of the Children’s Aid Service, and the Children’s Aid Service being recognized as a separate agency to become Child Welfare Association of Omaha on February 29, 1932.

The function of the Child Welfare Association is discussed, the original purpose of the agency, the first years of the Child Welfare Association, the function of the Child Welfare Association today, and milestones in the Child Welfare Association development, including adding psychological services in 1937 and becoming a member of the Needlework Guild, September 10, 1937.

The thesis discusses the Child Welfare Association’s relationship with other agencies: The Creche, Pinecrest Hall, Child Saving Institute, Immanuel Children’s Home, Family Service of Omaha, the Community Welfare Council, Community Chest, and Social Service Exchange.

It also includes information on the agency caseload, including type of placement of children under age and foster home care analysis.

The thesis discusses agency finance, including the problem of financing, receipts from Community Chest, from institutional collections, from boarding home care, and from other sources.It also includes information on disbursements, for salaries and wages, for office supplies, for auto expense, for postage, for boarding home care, for clothing, for medical and dental care, and for other expenses.

The thesis ends with a study of agency personnel, standards, staff, and board.This includes the early growth of agency personnel standards and employment practices in 1946 (including employment agreement, tenure of employment, notice of resignation or dismissal, hours of work, health policies, job analysis, personnel records, salary scale, professional development, and vacations).

Advisor:Frank Z. Glick