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In those early days the aim of the Society was to provide care, attention LInd protection for neglected children and to improve home conditions in which many children lived. With one social worker and a stenographer in a small office in the Portage la Prairie Court House, work began in 13 municipalities, which increased shortly after to take in all the Central Manitoba area north of the Assiniboine River.

In 1938 the Society took on the care of unmarried mothers at the request of the Department of Health and Public Welfare. Changes in the Child Welfare Act broadened the scope and effectiveness of the Society and in 1942 the Society was declared the sole agency to provide adoption service in the area. That same year, the area served was extended to include south of the Assiniboine River in Central Manitoba.

In the beginning, the Board members took an active part in the handling of the caseload and were consulted by the caseworker. In this way they were acquainted with most' of the children in care. To protect a child's individuality, it evolved that only the proles­ siena 1 staff of the Society would be familiar with the clients and all files and correspondence would be confidential. From a small be­ ginning, the Children's Aid Society of Central Manitoba has grown to encompass a four-fold service of protecting children, foster home care, adoption services, and counselling of unmarried parents.

The Board of Directors of the Children's Aid Society of Central Manitoba consists of 50 community-minded men and women, selected from the Central Manitoba area. It is a private agency not a govern­ men t departmen t.

While the Provincial Government is the Society's main source of revenue, a substantial portion of the Society's funds are raised by public subscription. This is done by \vay of a campaign each fall. With a private agency, there is more personal involvement with the children in care, and also with Board members in each key cen trc of the area, the Society has a direct link with every district.

Since its formation in 1934, the Society has seen many changes ... many advancements. Now located in their own building on Main Street Sou th in Portage Ia Prairie, the Society looks ahead to its newest project, "Group Foster Homes," 'which will provide a positive living experience for those who cannot identify with foster families but 'who do not need expensive institutional treatment.

While changes have come to fill the need, the aim of the Chil­ dren's Aid Society of Central Manitoba is still the same, to look after the overall welfare of children and to protect them from neglect.

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