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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Annie Lee Sandusky
Early in her career, as a teacher in the Louisville Kentucky schools, Annie Lee Sandusky became convinced that many of the problems children face could be attacked only through working with their parents and the communities from which they come. This has been the focus of her professional life. From her many experiences as probation officer for the Juvenile Court of Cook County, as executive secretary of the Service Bureau for Colored Children in Springfield, Illinois, as instructor and head of the casework department at Atlanta University School of Social Work and finally as consultant to the United States Children's Bureau, she developed standards, formulated programs, and provided consultation to state and local agencies. In all her work, she contributed to the welfare of all children, not just those of minority background. She received an award from the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare for her publications, Children Living in Their Own Homes: Social Services Provided through Child Welfare Services. Sandusky also received an Alumni Citation in 1973 from the University of Chicago.