Children's Friend is a private, non-profit agency that has been serving children and families in the greater Worcester community since 1849. Our mission is to improve the lives of children and those who love them by creating, supporting, and strengthening families. Our commitment to care for and serve children and their families has remained constant throughout our long history.

What started as an orphan's home has grown into an agency that provides adoption services, early education and care, mental health services, and peer support groups for grieving children and teens. Our continuous efforts to be the leading community resource for quality professional mental health and child welfare services, have kept us at the vanguard of exploring and implementing approaches that improve the quality of life for our clients.

Children's Friend's programs reflect the complex needs of contemporary families. They are designed to improve family relationships, ensure effective parenting and protection of children, and create within each family an environment where children can grow into healthy, educated and responsible members of the community.

These services are provided through our four major programs: