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Children's Friend, Inc.

Mission

Our mission is to improve the lives of children and those who love them by creating, supporting, and strengthening families. We are proud to be Worcester's oldest charity, founded in 1849 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing amount of orphaned and abandoned children. The agency was then described as "a light in a dark place". Children's Friend continues to keep that light aglow for the children of today and tomorrow.

Ruling year info

1999

Vice President, Adoption

Joseph Allred J.D., M.S.

Vice President, Early Learning Center

James Regan

Main address

81 Hope Ave

Worcester, MA 01603 USA

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EIN

04-2105856

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Family Services (Adolescent Parents) (P45)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Children's Friend Programs

 Adoption and Family Services -
We prepare and train families wanting to adopt through the foster care system, conduct searches for adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth parents whose adoptions were completed at Children’s Friend, and Therapeutic Supervised Visitation which provides a safe and structured setting where children, adoptive parents or guardians, and birth families come together with one goal: for children to know the love of their families.

 The Carriage House - is a safe place for children and teens to grieve the deaths of people very close to them – siblings, parents or another primary caregiver. Peer support groups are led by trained staff and volunteer facilitators; concurrent adult grief support groups are offered for parents and other caregivers.

The Early Learning Center -offering a stimulating, hands-on curriculum that incorporates social-emotional, physical, science, math, social studies, the arts, and language and literacy activities.

Population(s) Served

We offer many different adoption and family services, including
home studies, supervision, and finalization
services to complete out-of-state,
international or relative placement
and adoption
home studies, child adoption assessments
and case consultation to the Department of Children and Families
searches for adoptive parents, birth
parents, and adoptees whose adoptions were completed at Childrens Friend
Our staff is qualified
to provide Massachusetts Approach to
Partnership in Parenting (MAPP) training
that is required for foster and pre-adoptive
parents.
Therapeutic Supervised Visitation (TSV)
The program provides a safe and
structured setting where children, adoptive
parents or guardians, and birth families
come together with one goal: for children
to know the love of their families. Sharing
time together reinforces important family
ties when children can not live with their
birth families.

Population(s) Served

The Carriage House is a safe place for children and teens to grieve the deaths of people very close to them – siblings, parents or another primary caregiver.

Young people from 3 to 18 years of age and their families may use the Carriage House free of charge. Peer support groups are led by trained staff and volunteer facilitators; concurrent adult grief support groups are offered for parents and other caregivers.

The Carriage House has rewarding volunteer opportunities for people who love to work with kids and who would like to train as facilitators.

Population(s) Served

The Early Learning Center offers a stimulating, hands-on curriculum that incorporates social-emotional, physical, science, math, social studies, the arts, and language and literacy activities. Our curriculum includes goals and objectives in all areas of development. It honors and respects the diverse backgrounds that families bring to the center. Activities each day are a combination of small and large group activities, independent play and exploration, quiet activities, and guided learning activities.
We Provide

A safe nurturing learning environment
Newly renovated space
Gross motor skills room
Highly trained licensed educators
Infant/toddler preschool
Bilingual (English/Spanish) educators
Early literacy activities



Licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care
Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Level 2 Rated

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
LGBTQ people
Social and economic status
Children and youth
LGBTQ people
Social and economic status

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Children's Friend, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Mulrain

Polar Beverages, Inc.

Ann E. Carlson

Sovereign Bank

Barbara A. Andersen

Retired

Barbara S. Higgins

Retired

Charles S. D. Weiss

Holy Cross

David H. White

R.H. White Construction Company

E. Mark Williams

Retired

James M. Karet

Retired

Joy E. Wetzel

Retired

Karen E. Ludington

President and CEO, Children's Friend, Inc.

Lisa N. Banks

Retired

Marijane Jones

Retired

Mary S. Cushman

Retired

Michael J. Mulrain

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Michael P. Tsotsis

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Norman J. Richardson

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