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.

    Open Your Heart Cocktail Concert Benefits Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie

    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – On April 7, 2017, the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie hosted their 5th annual Open Your Heart Cocktail Concert at The Grandview. Over 200 guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The highlight of the evening was a musical performance by Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway, a musical revue of Broadway’s most celebrated shows featuring a dazzling cast of stars. Performers included producer and musician Neil Berg, actress/singer Rita Harvey and actor/singer William Michals.

    This year’s event was co-chaired by board members Ellen Staino and Suzi Stoller. “This evening was a beautiful celebration of the Children’s Home and the wonderful work it does. The Home is truly a place of healing and hope, and that sentiment was reflected by guests and staff alike, throughout the evening,” said Stoller. “This event gets bigger and better each year,” said Children’s Home Executive Director, Walter J. Joseph. “I personally look forward to this event and especially enjoy sharing the good work of the Children’s Home among so many generous friends and supporters.”

    Rose & Kiernan, Inc. was the Event Sponsor. For more than 125 years, Rose & Kiernan has been a leading general insurance agency in the North East, highly regarded for both their insurance expertise and community involvement. Visit them at www.rkinsurance.com.

    Additional sponsors included Presenting Sponsor – Ulster Savings Bank; Friend Sponsors – Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp, Consigli Construction Co., Inc.,  Foster Flooring, IBM Corporation, JSA Financial Group, Jackson Lewis, PC, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, McCabe & Mack LLP, North River Abstract Corp., The Poggiogalle Family, Poughkeepsie Galleria, Rhinebeck Bank, Tinkelman Architecture PLLC, Dr. Peter and Mrs. Cathy Varunok and Veith Electric. The Signature Cocktail Sponsor was Wendy’s.

    Proceeds from this event support the mission and programs of the Children’s Home in serving abused and neglected children in the Hudson Valley and surrounding communities.

    Photo Credit: Erik Christian Photography