OUR HISTORY

The City of Reading opened a day nursery for women on Franklin Street. Once the first motherless child was placed under their care, the Home soon began serving the dual purpose of a day nursery and a foster home.

The facility was outgrown and re-opened as the “Home for Friendless Children”. In the upcoming years the purpose of the Home was to provide temporary shelter and instruction to orphaned and destitute children whose parents were unfit to care for them, as well as addressing the needs of the times, such as:

  • Custodial Care
  • World Wars
  • Malnutrition
  • Influenza Epidemic

With the intent of better describing the services and the children served, our name was changed to The Children’s Home of Reading (CHOR). The focus shifted to helping the children and their families heal through:

  • Treatment
  • Education
  • Counseling

In line with CHOR’s beliefs, they always sought the children’s welfare and happiness in every way possible, and when needed, they found permanent homes in respectable families.

The Children’s Home constantly expands its programs to offer treatment oriented care rather than custodial care. Today our programs allow us to meet the critical behavioral and mental health needs of over 1,100 children and families every year!

REUNIFICATION WITH PARENTS WAS ALWAYS THE PRIMARY GOAL…AND IT STILL IS TODAY!

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