Homer Folks


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(1867–1963) Homer Folks was a pioneer during the early years of the social work profession, whose views were sought, respected, and acted on by legislators, governors, presidents, and foreign governments. Born in Hanover, Michigan, he graduated from Albion College in 1889 and from Harvard University in 1890. Folks served as general superintendent of the Children's Aid Society of Pennsylvania (1890–1893), executive director of the State Charities Aid Association of New York (1893–1947), commissioner of Public Charities of New York City (1902–1903), president of the National Conference on Social Welfare (1911 and 1923), and president of the board of directors of the National Tuberculosis Association (1912–1913). Folks also worked abroad with the American Red Cross from 1917 to 1919.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Social Work.

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