This statement of purpose expresses the agency’s reason for being. It identifies our contribution to the communities we serve.

    Dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment that improves lives and empowers at-risk children and families in the Hudson Valley and surrounding communities.


    This guides The Children’s Home as we seek to fulfill our mission and operate the agency on a day-to-day basis.

    The philosophy of The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie begins with the belief that all children have the right to a protective, nurturing environment, and that society has an obligation to assure that right. Knowing that childhood is a critical time in which to develop the skills necessary to become competent, self-reliant and productive citizens, we strive to provide an optimum setting for this development. We do this for each child by creating a corrective living experience supervised by caring adults.

    We are committed to the fact that children who have experienced neglect, abuse or disruption of parental relationships will benefit from therapeutic services including temporary residential care.

    Consistent with our goal of returning a child to the community, extensive use of community activities and organizations, including public education, is emphasized. We are also aware that these children and their families benefit from parenting education and counseling. Family services are an integral factor in accomplishing our goal.

    It is essential that our professional and financial resources are directed toward reuniting a child with his family, community family or independent living. It is also essential that we help each child develop a sense of self-reliance, order and fulfillment.


    Our core principles guide us in fulfilling our mission and operating on a daily basis.  We live by these values and use them to focus our decisions:

    Integrity We will act ethically, honorably and with commitment in all that we do.

    Stewardship We will manage our resources responsibly to ensure ongoing sustainability.

    Respect We will show compassion and respect for ourselves and others.

    Opportunity We will foster resiliency and seek to create growth opportunities.

    Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie Holds 81st Annual Teachers Open House

    Three Local Teachers Honored

    On October 17 the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie hosted its 81st annual Teachers Open House, an event the honors teachers and school leaders for their dedication to the Home’s youth. This festive event is held in the Home’s gym, which is fully decorated for Halloween and complete with hundreds of delicious cookies and other snacks, punch coffee and tea, served by the Home’s Board of Directors.

    Each year, youth at the Children’s Home nominate a teacher who has made a difference in his/her life, a person that stands out in their mind. The youth submit essays explaining why their teacher deserves an award and a panel of judges selects the top three. Those who are selected receive a Gold Star Award. At the event the youth read their essays. This year, awards were presented to Cathy Murray from Brewster High School; Dan Tierney from the Culinary Program at CTI BOCES; and Shawn Maher from Arlington High School. All teachers that are nominated receive a certificate and copy of the essay written about them.

    “This event is great opportunity for the kids, staff and board at the Children’s Home to recognize and celebrate the important work teachers, administrators and support staff do every day,” said Walter Joseph, Executive Director. “The annual Teacher’s Open House highlights our children, their education and the educators who have dedicated themselves to helping our youth succeed.”

    About the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie

    Established in 1847, the Children’s Home provides a range of services and programs giving hope and healing to abused and neglected children in the Hudson River Region. The Children’s Home served 350 children and their family members last year. The Home provides a full range of residential services including campus-based care, community-based group homes and boarding homes, independent living programming and care management services.

    Throughout our 171-year history, the underlying mission of the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie has remained the same: the Home is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment that improves lives and empowers at-risk children and families in the Hudson Valley and surrounding communities.

    For more information, to make a donation or to become a volunteer, visit our website at www.childrenshome.us or call 845-452-1420.