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The Italian Home for Children

The devastating influenza epidemic of 1918 orphaned many Italian children of Boston's North End, and the community and clergy responded by establishing the Italian Home for Children to care for these orphans. During the first fifty years, Franciscan sisters devoted their lives to raising and teaching thousands of children at the Home. As decades passed, the needs of the children arriving at the Home began to reflect more complex crises. Today, the Home's focus is providing residential and day treatment services for emotionally disturbed children of all nationalities. Licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Home provides a comprehensive network of services to emotionally disturbed boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 14. All of the services provided by the Italian Home for Children are directed toward our primary goal: the reunification of the children with their own or alternative families and/or the preservation of families at risk. Mission Statement The Italian Home for Children exists as a resource for children and families in crisis irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion or national origin. Within the context of existing programs, the Italian Home seeks to: Protect the rights of children; Promote the highest standards of education, care and treatment for children; Support and preserve the relationship between a child and his/her family and community; Accept the family system as the one in which the child is most likely to succeed; and Assist children and families in all efforts that promote a healthy reintegration at the earliest possible time.

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