vintage illustration of the Children's Home

    About the Children’s Home

    On January 21, 1847, a group of Poughkeepsie women called the Female Guardian Society met to form the Poughkeepsie Orphan House and Home of the Friendless to care for the poor, abandoned and neglected in their communities, most especially the children. Their belief was that all children deserve a nurturing and caring environment. More than 174 years later, their work continues.

    Today, the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie provides a full range of Community Based Services and Residential Services giving hope and healing to at-risk children throughout New York State. The Home is licensed by the New York State Office of Children & Family Services, the New York State Office of Mental Health and the New York State Department of Health.

    At the helm of this 174 year old agency sits Walter J. Joseph, a 44-year veteran of the child welfare system, who leads a staff of nearly 300. Under his leadership, Chief of Clinical Services, Dr. David Crenshaw, works with a team of social workers, case workers, nurses, direct care workers and program staff to provide therapeutic services to children and their families. Three Facility Service Dogs, Ace, Marshall and Elvis, complete the treatment team.

    The Children’s Home is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for its exemplary adherence to human welfare agency guidelines.

    In fiscal year 2020, the Home served approximately 400 children and their families.