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 15 the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie hosted their fourth 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 Christopher D. Macchio, which guests were treated to over dessert and champagne. Macchio, a New York Tenor and PBS star captivated the audience with his golden-era sound and emotive stage presence.

    This year’s event was co-chaired by board members Mary Lou Davis and Suzi Stoller. “This glorious evening, filled with so many friends of the Children’s Home, was a wonderful tribute to the work of the Home, a safe haven, a place of caring, healing and hope,” said Stoller. “We couldn’t have asked for a better night,” said Children’s Home Executive Director, Walter J. Joseph. “I personally look forward to this event each year and especially enjoy sharing the good work of the Children’s Home among 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; Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., Consigli Construction, Dutchess Tekcon Industries, Inc., IBM Corporation, JSA Financial Group, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, McCabe & Mack LLP, McCann Foundation, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Omnicare of Chestnut Ridge, Cindy Poggiogalle, Rhinebeck Bank, Sol Providers, Tinkelman Architecture PLLC, Ulster Savings Bank and Williams Lumber & Home Centers.

    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.