About Children's Aid Society
  


DOWN THE MEMORY LANE


In the year 1921, the Government of Bombay expressed in the Legislative Council, its resolve to bring in a Children's Act. Three years later {1924} the Bombay Children's Act was passed. Eventually, in November, 1926, Sir Earnest Hotson, the then Home Member, Government of Bombay convened a conference of Social Workers, which led to the formation of the Children's Aid Society on March 1927. His Excellency Sir Leslie Wilson was the President and the Hon'ble Mr. E. B. Hotson C. S. I., I. C. S. was the Chairman and the Committee consisted of eminent persons of the time.

First of May is an important day for all those who are associated with the work of children as on that day in the year 1927 did the Remand Home machinery begin to turn at Umerkhadi with M. K. Davis Secretary and Superintendent and Hon'ble P. L. Thacker as the Senior Magistrate of the newly established Juvenile Court. Ever since, Bombay's haunting conscience has been taking note of the ghastly tragedy that stands behind every boy and every girl and over the years this Home has seen the footprints of nearly two lakh children. The flow and the service still continue.

On the sands of time one can trace the gradual regeneration of the parent body into various Homes and today the Society can boast of being an umbrella organization with nine institutions catering to the needs of a daily average population of over three thousand children. Since its inception, our institutions have been visited by eminent men and national leaders like Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Smt. Indira Gandhi, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Mother Teresa and Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma.

The Society has also invited the kind attention of very many dignitaries and philanthropists from all over the world. Also, a good number of compassionate and public spirited men from the city and elsewhere call on and interact with our children almost every day. Besides, our agencies are an operational base and a study centre for researchers, scholars and students from various Schools of Social Work from India and abroad.