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Mildred Arnold (1901 - 1996)
Mildred Arnold is known for her work with the U.S. Children's Bureau where she had responsibility for the Division of Child Welfare Services for a number of years. There she worked with each state's child welfare services. In this position she was able to develop a network of children's services which included the regional offices of the Federal government and state child welfare agencies. She emphasized the importance of social work educational standards for child welfare staff.
Mildred Arnold received her bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago, and her master's degree from the school of Social Service Administration at the same university. Her first position was working in rural child welfare services in New York state, from 1925 to 1928. Then she became executive secretary of the child welfare division of the Chicago Council of Social Agencies and later executive secretary of the Sangamon County, IU Child Welfare League. In 1936, she became director of the Children's Bureau to help states develop daycare centers for women working in war industries. She retained with the U.S. Children's Bureau from 1942 until her retirement in the early 1970s. She was active in several of the national profession organizations, including NASW and the American Public Welfare Association. During her tenure at the Children's Bureau she received a Superior Service Award from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. After retirement, she continued to live in Washington, DC