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 Social Network to Host Annual 5K

    Run for Home Scheduled for August 27 on the Dutchess Rail Trail

    Poughkeepsie, NY – The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie’s Social Network Committee will host their fourth annual Run for Home, a 5K to Benefit the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie on Sunday, August 27, 2017. This year’s event will take place on the Dutchess Rail Trail at the Van Wyck Lane parking lot, located at the corner of Van Wyck Lane and Lake Walton Road, just off Route 376. Race Day Registration opens at 7:15 am; Kids 1 Mile Race begins at 8:00 am; and the 5K Run/Walk starts at 8:45 am. There will be age group awards, children’s activities and refreshments.

    The Children’s Home Social Network Committee is a group of young professionals from throughout the Hudson Valley that was created to raise awareness of the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie and to develop a commitment to philanthropy among the next generation of community leaders. The Social Network presents fun and meaningful opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in that supports the work of the Children’s Home.

    Proceeds from the Run for Home 5K ensure that children at the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie receive the best possible care, including a more robust children’s activities program, increased education assistance, special services to families, and enhanced services to youth transitioning to independence. Community support helps to provide enhanced services to children, including additional social workers, childcare staff, and a facility service dog program.

    Individual 5K Walk/Run registrations are $25 ($35 on Race Day); kids are free if pre-registered ($10 on Race Day). To register for the event, visit www.childrenshome.us. For more information about this event, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Erin Cafarelli at 845-452-1420, ext.177 or by email.