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 Welcomes New Associate Clinical Director

    Alyssa M. Swan, PhD, LPC, NCC, RPT to join Children’s Home staff

    Poughkeepsie, NY- The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie is pleased to welcome Alyssa M. Swan, PhD as Associate Clinical Director. Dr. Swan will work alongside current Clinical Director, Dr. David Crenshaw to provide therapeutic services to children and their families. 

    Dr. Swan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Dr. Swan is also credentialed as a Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist- Supervisor (CCCPT-S) and Child-Parent Relationship Therapist- Supervisor (CCPRT-S). She completed her doctoral training in the Counseling Department at the University of North Texas, her published dissertation research entitled, Effect of CPRT with Adoptive Parents of Preadolescents: A Pilot Study.

    Dr. Swan served over three years as the Assistant Director of the Center for Play Therapy (internationally recognized as the largest play therapy training site) in Texas. She worked as a counselor and psychological assessment clinician specializing in work with children, teens and families. Dr. Swan has written a number of peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and grants. Previously, Dr. Swan has collaborated with Dr. Crenshaw, including their recently published book chapter entitled, Play Therapy with Children Exhibiting Aggressive Behaviors. In addition to her research and writing, Dr. Swan has taught several graduate level courses and supervised counselors in training during their field experiences.

    “There isn’t a better colleague to work alongside with to bring beneficial therapeutic services to children that need it most. I am overjoyed to welcome her to our team,” said Dr. Crenshaw.

    Dr. Swan has relocated from the state of Illinois and now makes the Hudson Valley home.