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 170 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 NYS Office of Children and Family Services and the 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, Clinical Director Dr. David Crenshaw works with a team of social workers, case workers, nurses, child care workers and program staff to provide therapeutic services to children and their families. Three facility service dogs, named Ace, Marshall and Elvis, complete the treatment team.

    In 2016, the Children’s Home earned re-accreditation from the Council on Accreditation for its exemplary adherence to human welfare agency guidelines. The assessment team declared the Home a stellar agency and a model for others in the field.

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