History (Est. 1884)

Children’s Service Society Throughout the Years

Children’s Service Society is the oldest non-denominational child welfare and family support agency in Utah.

On October 13, 1884, thirty-four ladies met to organize a day nursery in Salt Lake City to help the working poor and provide a safe place for their children while the parent worked. One week later a baby was left on the doorstep and the need for adoption services was clear. In the early days, The mission was to provide relief to destitute children and “to obtain such temporary and permanent homes as may be practicable”.

Local merchants donated bread, meat, produce, and milk. Children in daycare were admitted as early as 5:30 a.m. and remained as late as 6:00 p.m. Parents were charged 10 cents daily for one child and less for each additional child.

Through the years Children’s Service Society has evolved its programs according to the needs of the children and families they serve in the community. Today Children’s Service Society of Utah empowers families and caregivers through services that support the safety and well-being of children. This is accomplished through these programs: Adoption, Grandfamilies Kinship Care, Care About Childcare and Utah Parents in Action, Home Visitation.

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