November is National Adoption Month!

November is National Adoption month. In the U.S. 397,122 children are living without permanent families in the foster care system. 101,666 of these children are eligible for adoption, but nearly 32% of these children will wait over three years in foster care before being adopted. In addition, adopted children make-up roughly 2% of the total child population under the age of 18, but 11% of all adolescents referred for therapy have been adopted. Post-adoption services are important to all types of adoption, whether foster care adoption, international adoption, or domestic infant adoption. That is what makes the work of Children’s Friend so important. We provide a full range of pre- and post-adoption services for families throughout Central Massachusetts.

Please consider making a gift to help us continue this important work.

The award is from Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) for our outstanding number of MARE-assisted placements.

Jessica Mackowiak (L) Deb Schmitt (R) Adoption Case Managers


Message from Karen Ludington, President and CEO

Dear Friends and Visitors,

Welcome to Children’s Friend, Inc., a private, not-for-profit agency that has been serving children and families since 1849. We love sharing information about what we do – and have been doing for so many years – to help children and families.

On the pages of this website, you will find information about how Children’s Friend leads the way in responding to the needs of the central Massachusetts community and beyond by providing mental health, adoption, young parent, early education and grief support services. We hope you’ll take a moment to read Success Stories - real-life instances of how we’ve helped our community.

Our mission is to improve the lives of children and those who love them. To accomplish this mission, our current services reflect the complex needs of contemporary families. Our programs are designed to improve family relationships, ensure effective parenting and protection of children, enable young people struggling with mental and behavioral problems or grief to reach their full potentials, and help create within each family an environment where children can grow into healthy, educated and responsible members of the community.

Children’s Friend is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, an international body that sets standards for child and family service agencies. We are proud that Children’s Friend has earned the reputation of providing the highest quality professional services. And I am proud to be part of the staff here, where the well-being of young people and their families is always our number one priority.

If you asked me to sum up what Children’s Friend stands for it is our values, “love and care, quality and professionalism, and integrity and respect.” It’s a great place to seek help and a wonderful place to work. We invite you to learn all about Children’s Friend, its remarkable history, and its current contributions to our community.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Karen E. Ludington, M.Ed., J.D. President and CEO