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 to Host annual Open Your Heart Cocktail Concert April 11

    Award Winning Composer, Lyricist and Producer Neil Berg to Perform

    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – On April 11, 2019, the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie will host their 7th annual Open Your Heart Cocktail Concert. This year’s event will be held at The Grandview, in Poughkeepsie, NY from 6 – 9 pm.

    This wonderful evening begins with a cocktail party featuring delicious hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The evening continues with a 45-minute musical performance, seated dessert and champagne. Award winning composer, lyricist and producer Neil Bergwill bring brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as thrilling numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows to the stage for a performance you don’t want to miss.

    Event sponsor is Rose & Kiernan, Inc. For more than 145 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 to date include; Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., Chazen Companies, The Children’s Medical Group, Consigli Construction Co., Inc., Health Quest, KeyBank NA, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, Rhinebeck Bank, Servpro of Western Dutchess County, Small World Wealth Management/Joseph Small – Northwestern Mutual, Ulster Savings Bank, Van DeWater & Van DeWater, LLP, Dr. Peter and Mrs. Cathy Varunok, Veith Electric, Wendy’s (Poughkeepsie), Williams Lumber & Home Centers.

    Proceeds from this event are used to support the mission and programs of the Children’s Home in providing a safe and nurturing environment that improves lives and empowers at-risk children and families in the Hudson Valley and surrounding communities.

    Reservations are now being accepted. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit www.childrenshome.us for all the details. For questions about the event, please contact Erin Cafarelli at 845-452-1420, ext.177 or email.