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Jugendamt (German: Youth office) is a German and Austrian local agency, each municipality, town or “Kreis” (county) - depending on its size - having its own “Jugendamt”. In Germany the youth offices were created during Weimar Republic by the “Reichsgesetz für Jugendwohlfahrt” of 1922, in force since 1924. Like other organisations, the youth offices were terribly abused in Nazi Germany. In present Germany and Austria, both the functions and powers of the youth offices are very much similar to what the Child Protective Services in the US and the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in England and Wales do.

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