Serving the Children of Central Massachusetts since 1849
In 1849, we opened our doors at Children’s Friend as “The Worcester Children’s Friend Society,” a small charity caring for orphaned, abandoned and neglected children. In 1851, our organization helped draft the first modern adoption legislation in the nation – a bill adopted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Later, we became a founding member of the Child Welfare League of America and the Children’s League of Massachusetts. As needs changed and decades passed, we continued our work advocating for vulnerable children, and by the early 1940’s we had pioneered a home for children awaiting foster care. In 1981, we became one of the first agencies in the state to be licensed as a child and family mental health clinic. Today, Children’s Friend is working harder than ever to provide the highest quality services to children and those who love them.
"Whether it has been supporting the needs of my family or the needs of the families and children we serve, Children’s Friend has been a stable, supportive place in our lives."
-Veronica Listerud, LICSW, Director of Adoption and Family Services