1912: The United States Congress forms the Children’s Bureau, a federal agency whose modern day tasks involve improving child abuse prevention, foster care and adoption.
1938: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Fair Labor Standards Act, which places limitations on child labor.
1974: The United States Congress passes the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, which creates a National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect.
1990: The Americans with Disabilities Act is signed into law. The law increases access to schools and public facilities, such as swimming pools, for children with special needs.
2006: President George W. Bush signs the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, a set of laws designed to further protect children from abuse and violent crime.
Those are just a few reminders from the past 100 years that the leaders we elect today will be making decisions that will impact children for generations to come. Thank you for voting!