Finding Aid to the San Francisco Human Services Agency Records, 1919-2016 (bulk 1937-2000), SFH 743

Finding aid prepared by Daniel Kelly, San Francisco History Center intern.
San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
sfhistory@sfpl.org
June 13, 2024


Title: San Francisco Human Services Agency Records,
Date (inclusive): 1919-2016
Date (bulk): 1937-2000
Identifier/Call Number: SFH 743
Creator: San Francisco (Calif.). Department of Human Services.
Creator: San Francisco (Calif.). Human Services Agency.
Physical Description: 57 cartons, 1 pamphlet box, 1 oversized flat box (57.75 cubic feet)
Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4562
sfhistory@sfpl.org
Abstract: This collection documents the San Francisco Human Services Agency's history through materials prepared for the Human Services Commission. Included are commission agendas and minutes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, and budgets.
Physical Location: The collection is stored off site and requires a minimum of 2 working days' advance notice for use.
Language of Material: Collection materials are in English.

Access

The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours. Collections that are stored off site should be requested 48 hours in advance. The San Francisco Human Services Agency requires researchers agree in writing to not disclose in any form the personally identifying information of HSA clients.

Publication Rights

Researchers must agree in writing to not disclose in any form the personally identifying information of HSA clients. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Additionally, the San Francisco Human Services Agency requires researchers who publish findings based on this collection include the following: "The archives of the San Francisco Human Services Agency have been made available for the purpose of historical research. The views contained in this publication represent the conclusions of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the San Francisco Human Services Agency nor the City and County of San Francisco."

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], San Francisco Human Services Agency Records (SFH 743), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

Provenance

Transferred to the San Francisco Public Library from the San Francisco Human Services Agency in August of 2023.

Separated Materials

Annual Reports of the Department of Social Services for 1969-1970, 1981-1982, and 1992-1993 were added to the library's catalog.

Related Materials

Researchers are encouraged to consult the San Francisco Public Library's catalog for additional materials related to the San Francisco Human Services Agency. The organization's annual reports and other materials can be found using HSA's historical names: Widows' Pension Bureau, County Welfare Department, Public Welfare Department, Department of Social Services, Department of Human Services, and Human Services Agency. Cataloged records of programs and departments include Family and Children's Services, Department of Aging and Adult Services, County Adult Assistance Program, and In-Home Supportive Services. Researchers can find additional records for the Citizens' Emergency Relief Committee in another archival collection: San Francisco Office of the Controller Unemployment Relief Program Minutes and Reports (SFH 67).

Processing Information

Processed by intern Daniel Kelly in 2023.

Historical Note

The San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA) began in 1913 as the Widows' Pension Bureau, providing cash assistance to widowed mothers. Over the decades, the agency added programs, merged with other city departments, and changed its name several times. During the Great Depression, the City and County of San Francisco formed the Citizen's Emergency Relief Committee to distribute state funds for unemployed persons. When the 1935 Social Security Act passed, federalizing most welfare programs, the Emergency Relief Committee and the County Welfare Department merged. A commission was formed to oversee the new department. The organization has been known as the Widows' Pension Bureau (1913-1929), County Welfare Department (1930-1936), Public Welfare Department (1937-1965), the Department of Social Services (1965-1985), the Department of Human Services (1985-2004), and the Human Services Agency (2004 to present). In 2004 the Department of Human Services merged with the Department of Aging and Adult Services.
Throughout its life, HSA has added programs and services to meet the changing needs of low-income and vulnerable San Franciscans. For example, during WWII it provided childcare assistance to mothers working in the shipyards, and it helped with the resettlement of war refugees. In 1947 it assumed responsibility for child welfare services including foster care. In the 1950s, the agency launched the In-Home Supportive Services program, providing attendant care to thousands of low-income seniors and persons with disabilities.
When the federal Medicaid health insurance program was created in 1965, the department began managing enrollment for the state's version of the program, Medi-Cal. In 1977 HSA began administering the federal food stamp program. It has long overseen the General Assistance program for indigent single adults, and until 2016 it was the primary city department providing shelter and housing assistance to homeless persons.
The Widows' Pension Bureau of a century ago is today's CalWORKs program, offering not only cash benefits but also childcare and employment assistance to low-income families. Starting in the 1980s, the agency relied increasingly on partnerships with nonprofit agencies, eventually overseeing more than 200 contracts. As of 2023, HSA was providing support to almost one in three San Franciscans.
Additional information about the agency's history can be found in a 2016 newsletter contained in the Statistics, Reports, and Newsletters series.

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the history of the San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA), largely through materials prepared for the Human Services Commission. While there are budgets from the agency's early years and a few materials from the Citizens' Emergency Committee, the bulk of the collection consists of commission records between 1937 and 2000. Included are agendas and minutes from monthly commission meetings, as well as the memoranda, reports, budgets, and correspondence submitted as background materials to the commissioners.
Major subject areas include poverty, homelessness, families, children, seniors, disabilities, refugees, foster care, and childcare. Major programs include food stamps, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, CalWORKs, Medi-Cal, General Assistance, child welfare, and employment assistance.

Organization

Organized into six series: Series 1: Widows' Pension Bureau Budgets; Series 2: County Welfare Department Budgets; Series 3: Commission Correspondence; Series 4: Commission Minutes; Series 5: Statistics, Reports, and Newsletters; and Series 6: Advisory Committees.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically within series.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

At-risk youth -- Services for -- California -- San Francisco.
Homeless families -- Services for -- California -- San Francisco.
Homeless persons -- Services for -- California -- San Francisco.
Occupational training -- California -- San Francisco.
People with disabilities -- Services for -- California -- San Francisco.
Public welfare -- California -- San Francisco -- Statistics.
Social Service -- California -- San Francisco.
San Francisco (Calif.). Department of Human Services. -- Archives.
San Francisco (Calif.). Human Services Agency. -- Archives.

Box 1

Series 1 Widows' Pension Bureau Budgets, 1919-1930

Physical Description: 11 folders

Historical Note

The San Francisco Widows' Pension Bureau was created by state legislation in 1913. In 1930, the agency absorbed the newly-created Aid to Needy Aged Benefit (created by state legislation), and was renamed the County Welfare Department.
Box 1

Series 2 County Welfare Department Budgets, 1930-1939

Physical Description: 9 folders

Historical Note

The County Welfare Department arose as as result of state legislation creating the Aid to Needy Aged Benefit in 1930. The city then incorporated the benefit program with the San Francisco's Widows' Pension Bureau, resulting in the renamed department. In 1937, the County Welfare Department merged with the San Francisco Emergency Relief Committee to form the Public Welfare Department.
 

Series 3 Commission Correspondence, 1933-1987

Physical Description: 12.33 cubic feet

Historical Note

The County Welfare Department merged with the Citizens' Emergency Relief Committee in 1937, forming the Public Welfare Department. A commission was added to support the organization. The Public Welfare Commission consisted of five persons appointed by the mayor. They reviewed major policy decisions, approved contracts, and selected and supervised the department's general manager. The commission held monthly meetings that were open to the public.
The department underwent other name changes over the years and is now known as the San Francisco Human Services Agency, and its commission is the Human Services Commission.

Scope and Contents

This series contains reports, interdepartmental correspondence, and budgets prepared for the commissioners. Note on file for 1950-1959 corresepondence reads: "Correspondence for 1950/59 presumed lost or destroyed while stored at 150 Otis St."

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 2

1933-1940

 

Program Manual, 1933

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Charter Amendments, 1937

 

Unemployment Relief Program, 1934-1937

Physical Description: 3 folders
 

Benefits Procedures, 1934-1935

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Correspondence, 1935

 

Miss Ruth A. Turner, 1936

 

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1937

 

Mrs. Mildred M. Prince (AKA Mrs. Eugene Prince), 1938

 

Miss R.A. Turner, 1938-1939

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

State Emergency Relief Administration, 1940-1941

 

San Francisco Public Welfare Department Organization Report, 1938

 

Budget, 1939

 

Staff Meeting Minutes, 1939

 

Mrs. Prince, 1939

 

Emergency Relief Workers, 1939

 

Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939

 

Review, Report on Governor's Commission on Reemployment, 1939-1940

 

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1940

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Miss R.A. Turner, 1940

 

Mrs. Prince, 1940

 

Statewide Council on Relief, 1940

 

Surplus Commodities, Food Stamp Plan, 1940

 

Work Progress Administration, 1940

Box 3

1941-1949

 

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1941

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Relief for Indigents and Non-Residents, 1940-1941

 

Budget, 1942

 

Caseload Reports and Statistics, 1942

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Community Chest, 1942

 

Employment Program, 1942

 

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1942

 

Staff Meetings, 1942

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Caseload Reports and Statistics, 1943

 

Child Welfare, Childcare, 1943

 

Correspondence, 1943

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Employment, 1943

 

Legislation, 1943

 

Medical Advisory Committee, 1943

 

Budget, 1943-44

 

Budget, 1944

 

Caseload Reports and Statistics, 1944

 

Case Policy Advisory Committee, Redacted 1944

 

Correspondence, 1944

 

State-County Meetings, 1945

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Correspondence, 1945-47

 

Alcoholism, 1946-49

 

Staff and Supervisors Meetings, 1947

 

Medical Care, 1948

 

Staff and Supervisors Meetings, 1948

 

Correspondence, 1948

 

Budget, 1948-49

Box 4

1949-1966

 

Correspondence, 1949

 

Correspondence [no longer exists], 1950-1959

Scope and Contents

Note on file reads: Correspondence for 1950/59 presumed lost or destroyed while stored at 150 Otis St.
 

Proposition 4, "Aged and Blind Aid," 1949

 

Staff and Supervisors Meetings, 1949

 

Reading File, 1950

 

Caseload Reports and Statistics, 1951

 

Child Welfare Advisory Committee, 1951

 

Child Welfare Services, 1951

 

Correspondence, 1960-1963

Physical Description: 4 folders
 

Community Work and Training, 1964

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Correspondence, 1964

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Administrative Review, 1965

 

Adoptions, 1965

 

Budget and Statistical Reports, 1965

 

Civil Service, 1965

 

Community Work and Training, 1965

 

Correspondence, 1965

Physical Description: 3 folders
 

Housing Meetings, 1965

 

Indigent Aid Study, 1965

 

Personnel Review Report (not personnel files) 1965

 

Services for the Elderly, 1965

General

Replaced term in use, "Aged," with "Elderly."
 

Correspondence, 1966

Physical Description: 3 folders
 

General Assembly Study Committee, 1966

 

Incompatible Activities 1966

 

Welfare Rights Organizations, 1966

 

Yellowstone West and Teton West Incidents, 1966

Box 5

1967-1968

 

Battered Children--Project 278, 1967

 

Budget, 1967-1968

 

Communications Committee, 1967

 

Correspondence, 1967

Physical Description: 3 folders
 

Food Stamp Program, 1967

 

Home Management Training Project, 1967

 

Person-to-Person Visits, 1967

 

School Lunch Program, 1967

 

Special Needs, 1967

 

State Administration of Welfare Programs to be Transferred from Counties, 1967

 

Title V of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 Proposal, 1967

 

Union, 1967

 

Welfare Rights Organizations, 1967

 

Budget, 1968

 

Correspondence, 1968

Physical Description: 3 folders
 

Board of Supervisors, 1968

 

Union, 1968

 

Welfare Rights Organizations, 1968

 

Budget, 1969

 

Children's Services, Office of, 1969

 

Conservation of Child's Income, 1969

 

Correspondence, 1969

Physical Description: 5 folders
Box 6

1969-1972

 

Emergency Orders, 1969

 

General Assistance Policies, 1969

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), 1970-1971

 

Correspondence, 1970

Physical Description: 5 folders
 

General Assistance, 1970

 

Board of Supervisors, 1970

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Budget, 1971-1972

 

Correspondence, 1971

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Board of Supervisors, 1971

 

Proposed Resolutions and Ordinances, 1971

 

Budget, 1972-1973

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Correspondence, 1972

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Ronald Born to Social Service Commission, 1972

 

Mrs. John M. Douglas, 1972

Box 7

1972-1975

 

Mayor's Office, 1972

 

State Department of Social Welfare, 1972

 

Board of Supervisors, 1972

 

Adult Homemaker Contracts, 1973

General

Adult Homemaker Services became known as Adult In-Home Supportive Services.
 

Assembly Bill 134 (SSP Act to implement SSI Program--House Resolution #1) 1973

 

Budget and Supplemental Budget Requests, 1973-1974

 

Office of Children's Services, 1973

 

Correspondence 1973

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Ronald Born, 1973

 

Mrs. John M. Douglas, 1973

 

Day Care Centers, 1973

 

H.R. #1, 1973

 

Mayor's Office, 1973

 

Board of Supervisors, 1973,

 

Adult Homemaker Contracts, 1974

 

Budget and Supplemental Budget Requests, 1974-1975

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Office of Children's Services, 1974

 

Correspondence, 1974

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Board of Supervisors, 1974

 

Adult Homemaker Contracts, 1975

 

Budget, 1975-1976

 

Mrs. John M. Douglas, 1975-1976

 

Office of Children's Services, 1975

 

Family & Children's Services, 1975

 

Board of Supervisors, 1975

Box 8

1976-1978

 

Adult Homemaker Contracts, 1976

 

Adult Homemaker Contracts, HEW Audit, 1976

 

Budget, 1976-1977

 

Correspondence 1976

 

Family and Children's Services, 1976

 

Management Project 1976

 

Mayor's Office, 1976

 

Board of Supervisors, 1976

 

Adult In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), 1977

General

Adult In-Home Supportive Services was formerly known as Adult Homemaker Services.
 

Budget, 1977-1978

 

Correspondence, 1977

 

Family and Children's Services, 1977

 

Mayor's Office, 1977

 

Monthly Assistance Report S-17, 1977

 

Board of Supervisors, 1977

 

Adult IHSS, 1978

 

Correspondence, 1978

 

General Assistance Recipients Profile 1978

 

Jarvis-Gann Initiative, Proposition 13, 1978

 

Mayor's Office, 1978

 

Monthly Assistance Report S-17, 1978

 

Board of Supervisors, 1978

 

Welfare Reform, President Carter Proposal, 1978

Box 9

1979-1981

 

Adult IHSS, 1979

 

Budget, 1979-1980

 

City Attorney, 1979

 

Correspondence, 1979

 

Financial Information and Resources Management (FIRM)/Management by Objectives, 1979

 

Food Stamps, 1979

 

Mayor's Office, 1979

 

Monthly Assistance Reports, 1979

 

Board of Supervisors, 1979

 

Adult IHSS, 1980

 

Budget, 1980-1981

 

Children's Home Society Proposal for Shelters, 1980

 

City Attorney, 1979

 

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, 1980

 

Correspondence, 1980

 

Delinquency Prevention Coordination Council, 1980

 

FIRM/Management by Objectives,

 

Mayor's Office, 1980

 

Office of Program Evaluation and Support, 1980

 

Refugee Assistance, 1980

 

Board of Supervisors, 1980

 

Adult IHSS, 1981

 

Budget, 1981

 

City Attorney, 1981

 

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, 1981

 

Commission Requests, 1981

 

Contracts (Non-IHSS) Correspondence, 1981

 

Correspondence, 1981

 

General Assistance, 1981

 

Mayor's Office, 1981

 

Office of Program Evaluation and Support, 1981

 

Special Investigations Unit, 1981

 

Board of Supervisors, 1981

Box 10

1982-1983

 

Budget, 1982-1983

 

City Attorney, 1982

 

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, 1982

 

Commission Requests, 1982

 

Contracts, Adult IHSS, 1982

 

Contracts (Non-IHSS) 1982

 

Contracts and Monitoring Reports, 1982

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Correspondence, 1982

 

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Project, 1982

 

Delinquency Prevention Coordination Council, 1982

 

FIRM System, 1981-1982

 

General Assistance, 1982

 

Mayor's Office, 1982

 

Office of Program Evaluation and Support, 1982

 

Special Investigations Unit, 1982

 

Board of Supervisors, 1982

 

Unhoused Persons Issue, 1982

General

The term, "Unhoused Persons," replaced the term in use at the time, "Homeless."
 

Budget, 1983-1984

 

Child Abuse Prevention, 1983

 

City Attorney, 1983

 

Coleman Advocates for Youth & Children, 1983

 

Contracts, IHSS, 1983

 

Contracts, IHSS, Reports, 1983

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Contracts, Non-IHSS, 1983

 

Contracts, Non-IHSS, Monitoring Reports, 1983

Physical Description: 2 folders
Box 11

1983-1984

 

Correspondence, 1983

 

FIRM, 1982-1983

 

General Assistance, 1983

 

Mayor's Office, 1983

 

Office of Program Evaluation and Support, 1983

 

San Francisco Youth Campus, 1983

 

Southeast Asian Refugees, 1983

 

Special Investigations Unit, 1983

 

Board of Supervisors, 1983

 

Unhoused Persons, 1983

 

Unhoused Persons, Mayor's Fund, 1983

 

Ronald Born Memorial Fund 1984

 

Budget, 1984-1985

 

Buildings, 1984,

 

Child Abuse Prevention, 1984

 

City Attorney, 1984

 

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, 1984

 

Contracts, IHSS, 1984

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

Contracts, Non-IHSS, 1984

 

Contracts, Non-IHSS, Monitoring Reports, 1984

 

Correspondence, 1984

Physical Description: 2 folders
 

General Assistance, 1984

 

Mayor's Office, 1984

 

Office of Program Evaluation and Support, 1984

 

Special Investigations, 1984

 

Board of Supervisors. 1984

 

Unhoused Persons, 1984

Box 12

1985-1986

 

Budget, 1985-1986

 

Buildings, 1985

 

City Attorney, 1985

 

Coleman Advocates,, 1985

 

Collections, 1985

 

Contracts, IHSS, 1985

 

Contracts, Non-IHSS, 1985

 

Correspondence, 1985

Physical Description: 3 folders
 

Delinquency Prevention Council,, 1985

 

Goals and Objectives, 1985-1986

 

Greater Avenues to Independence (GAIN), 1985-1986

 

Health Commission, 1985-1986

 

Mayor's Office, 1985

 

Program Evaluation and Support, 1985

 

Special Investigations, 1985

 

Board of Supervisors, 1985

 

Budget, 1986

 

Buildings, 1986

 

City Attorney, 1986

 

Coleman Advocates, 1986

 

Collections, 1986

 

Commission on the Status of Women, 1986

 

Contracts, IHSS, 1986

 

Contracts, Non-IHSS, 1986

 

Controller's Office, 1986

 

Correspondence, 1986

Physical Description: 3 folders
 

Delinquency Prevention Council, 1986

Box 13

1986-1987

 

Employee of the Month, 1986

 

General Assistance Ordinance, 1986

 

Goals and Objectives, 1986-1987

 

GAIN, 1986

 

Health Commission, 1986-1987

 

Joint Commission Task Force,. 1986

 

Maintenance of Effort Task Force, 1986

 

Maintenance of Effort Task Force, Commissioner Borovoy, 1986

 

Mayor's Office Correspondence, 1986

 

Program Evaluation and Support, 1986-1987

 

Special Investigations, 1986

 

Board of Supervisors, 1986

 

Unhoused Youth, 1986

 

Budget, 1987

 

Children, Youth and Families Forum, 1987

 

City Attorney, 1987

 

Collections, 1987

 

Commission on the Status of Women, 1987

 

Commissioner Herman L. Griffin 1987

 

Contracts, IHSS, 1987

 

Contracts, Non-IHSS, 1987

 

Controller's Office, 1987

 

Coroner's Office, 1987

 

Correspondence, 1987

Physical Description: 3 folders
 

Delinquency Prevention Council, 1987

 

Employee of the Month, 1987

Box 14

1987

 

Forrester Papers, 1987

 

General Assistance Ordinance, 1987

 

Goals and Objectives. 1987

 

GAIN, 1987

 

Health Commission, 1987

 

Joint Commission Task Force, Health, Aging, and Social Services, 1987

 

Juvenile Probation Department, 1987

 

Mayor, 1987

 

Program Evaluation and Support, 1987

 

Special Investigations, 1987

 

Staff Support Services, 1987

 

Board of Supervisors, 1987

 

Unhoused Persons Fund, 1987

General

Unhoused replaces Homeless, the term in use at the time.
 

Unhoused Youth Interagency Council, 1987

General

Unhoused replaces Homeless, the term in use at the time.
 

Series 4 Commission Minutes, 1941-2000

Physical Description: 44.3 cubic feet

Scope and Contents

This series contains the director's reports, meeting agendas and minutes approved by agency commissioners, as well as reference documents including contracts. Some gaps exist, particularly later in the series. Beginning in June of 2016, minutes appear on the commission's website.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 14

1941-1942

Box 15

1943-1946

Box 16

1946-1950

Box 17

1950-1953

Box 18

1953-1955

Box 19

1956-1959

Box 20

1959-1962

Box 21

1962-1964

Box 22

1964-1965

Box 23

1966-1967

Box 24

1967-1968

Box 25

1968

Box 26

1969

Box 27

1970-1971

Box 28

1971-1972

Box 29

1972-1973

Box 30

1973-1975

Box 31

1975-1976

Box 32

1976-1977

Box 33

1977-1978

Box 34

1979

Box 35

1980-1981

Box 36

1981

Box 37

1982-1983

Box 38

1984-1985

Box 39

1985

Boxes 40-41

1986

Box 42

1986-1987

Boxes 43-45

1987

Boxes 46-47

1988

Box 48

1988-1989

Box 49

1989

Box 50

1989-1990

Box 51

1990

Box 52

1990-1991

Box 53

1991, 1993

Box 54

1994-1995

Box 55

1996

Box 56

1996

Box 57

1997, 2000

Box 58

2000

 

Series 5 Statistics, Reports, and Newsletters, 1934-2016

Physical Description: .5 cubic foot

Scope and Contents

This series contains county-level statistical reports from the California Department of Social Services, program evaluations, and foster care data, as well as newsletters highlighting new agency initiatives and articles about the agency's history.

Arrangement

Organized chronologically.
 

Statistics and Reports, 1991-2002

Box 1

Licensed Foster Homes, 1993-1994

Box 1

DSS, Family & Children's Services, Annual Statistical Report, 1995

Box 1

DSS General Assistance Evaluation, 1977

Box 1

DHS Strategic Planning, 1999-2001

Box 1

Program Statistical Reports, 1974-2002

oversize-box 59

CalWorks Evaluation 2002

Box 1

Newsletters, 1999-2016

 

InService Newsletter, 1999-2006

 

Employee Recognition Awards Brochure, 2002

 

Article on AIDS Memorial Quilt for Intranet Newsletter, June 2007

 

HSA Centennial History Newsletter, 2016

Box 1

Series 6 Advisory Committees, 1947-1995

Physical Description: 6 folders

Historical Note

The Human Services Commission often formed committees of staff and community members to examine pressing questions. For example, when large numbers of African American children entered foster care in the 1980s and 1990s, the commission launched committees to examine the causes and make recommendations. In 1992 it created a staff committee to make recommendations related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) services.
The City and County of San Francisco created the Juvenile Court in 1903 to protect children's safety and well-being. In 1947 the responsibility for San Francisco's child welfare services, including foster care, was transferred to HSA. The Juvenile Court, which has been known by several names, continued to oversee the legal decisions related to child welfare processes.

Scope and Contents

This series includes a 1947 committee report with recommendations about how to best reorganize child welfare services. Also included are the meeting minutes of two community committees that were formed in the late 1980s to examine questions related to HSA's child welfare policies and the needs of African American families. Also includes meeting materials from a 1992 staff committee working on HIV practices and programs.

Arrangement

Organized chronologically.
 

Committee on Family and Child Welfare Services, 1947

 

African American Child Task Force Minutes, 1989-1992

 

Committee on African American Children and Their Families Minutes, 1993-1995

 

HIV Issues Advisory Committee, 1992

 

Subcommittee on Americans with Disabilities Act, 1993-1995

 

Policy Planning Committee, 1995