Los Angeles County Social Services began its origin in the Office of Superintendent of Children’s and Women’s Work, formed in 1891, to care for destitute women and their children under the guidelines of the 1851 Poor Law.
Care was extended to the elderly with the County Government Act of 1893 by permitting California Counties to give Outdoor Relief to any pauper over 60.
The Department of Charities was formed in 1913 and included five Divisions:
County Hospital, County Farm, Outdoor Relief, Olive View Sanatorium, and Cemetery Divisions.
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