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Our History


For more than 155 years, The Children’s Home
has successfully transformed the lives of
thousands of children at risk by constantly
evolving to meet changing needs.


The Children’s Home of Cincinnati was founded in 1864 to provide day care and shelter for the poor and abandoned children of Cincinnati.

Our initial mission centered on saving children from the despair of neglect, abuse, and poverty.

After leaving behind the traditional custodial care of orphanages, we began new programs to enable most children to remain in their own homes while receiving services.

Responding to Changing Needs

After World War II, The Children’s Home focused its efforts on adoption. By the 1950s, adoption became our fastest growing service and the agency had supervised the adoptions of more than 250 children by the middle of the century.

While continuing to provide adoption and other services, The Children’s Home responded to the need for more intensive, specialized treatment for children with emotional and behavioral challenges. In the 1970s, The Children’s Home converted its facilities from a home for dependent children to a residential treatment center. Cottages were reconstructed to reflect a smaller, more home-like atmosphere, conducive to the nature of residential treatment. Responding again to the needs of our community, The Children’s Home closed the residential treatment facility after 25 years of service. In its place, a less restrictive day program was designed to serve the same population of children. Complimentary services were put in place to provide families with additional support in home, school, and community settings.

The Children’s Home Today

Today, The Children’s Home provides education and therapeutic treatment for children and their families facing social, behavioral and learning challenges. Through more than 20 campus and community-based programs and services, we transform young lives, helping children succeed in their homes, schools and communities. We also provide consultation services for parents, and conduct training for caregivers and professionals.

All adoption records for former residents of The Children’s Home are housed at the Hamilton County Probate Court in Cincinnati, Ohio. If you were adopted from The Children’s Home and would like to request a record, you can reach them at (513) 946-3600.





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