Since its inception in 1878, MSPCC has focused on the advancement of child well-being. In addition to direct services, MSPCC has been instrumental in putting dozens of laws on the books regarding everything from abandonment to custody to support. Through MSPCC's efforts, adoption processes have been streamlined and foster care better regulated. Government programs have been instituted that strive to ensure children's well-being with regard to housing, nutrition, health care, and education. And perhaps most important, a new awareness of issues such as abuse and neglect has taken hold at all levels of society.