1896Reverend H.D. and Mrs. Libbie Beach Brown establish Washington Children's Home Society with the mission to find a "home for every child." They placed seven children in the first year.
1899Rev. Brown drafts the state law providing legal custody and care of the neglected and dependent children.
1909After fire destroys the rented receiving home, the Society builds a "proper fireproofed" home for children in Seattle.
1920The Society becomes a founding member of the Child Welfare League of America.
1930The Depression doubles the work of the Society while resources become scarce.
1942During World War II, the Society provides children's emergency services.
1960Mixed-race adoptions are encouraged to meet the needs of racially diverse children.
1969CHSW has placed more than 28,000 children for adoption in its history, peaking with 568 in a single year.
1972CHSW becomes largest residential care provider in state and begins to offer counseling.
1989President/CEO garners $10 million research initiative that set a new Children's Home Society of Washington vision--preventative, comprehensive early learning services.
1996CHSW celebrates its centennial as it serves more than 12,000 children and families.
2003CHSW co-leads effort to re-establish Children's Home Society of America—originally founded in 1987—to advocate nationally for children.
2008CHSW serves more families in need than ever during the economic recession.
2014CHSW trustees launch foundation to support CHSW's programs that serve 30,000 children and families every year.