- 1938-1969 (Creation)
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The American Committee for the Evacuation of Children was established in 1940 as the London representative of the United States Committee for the Care of European Children. A Northern branch was established in September 1940.
The purpose of the committee was to select the children and facilitate their passage to the US. Once in America the children’s welfare was the responsibility of the US Committee although american sponsors, be they individuals or corporations, assumed all financial responsibilities.
Priority was given to children age 5-16 although younger children could be accommodated if accompanied by an elder sibling. The US committee undertook to find suitable sponsors for all the children. Although some parents had contacts in the US, many more children were placed through schools, orphanages and multinational companies including Hoover and Kodak.
The committee organised the evacuation of 836 children between October and June 1940. A further 1000 children were waiting to sail and 1500 going through the processing stages when the evacuations were suspended following the sinking of one of the boats in October 1940.
Switching its focus to the children they had already managed to evacuate, the committee appointed a British social worker to liaise with the parents and the US committee. Some of the group sponsors were resistant to these overtures and as a result information for children evacuated by these groups is sparse.
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