How We Help the Community Child & Family Services has been enhancing the lives of 1000's of people in the Greater New Bedford area since 1843. We aid kids, adults, and families deal with tough times and struggles they face. We provide more than twenty programs and serve more than 13,000 people each year in Fall River, Hyannis, Lawrence and New Bedford.


Contact Details

  Website
  City New Bedford, MA
  Zip Code 02740
  Address 800 Purchase Strt
  Phone Number (508) 990-0298

From Our Website

Child & Family Services is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in Southeastern Massachusetts. We began as the New Bedford Orphans' Home in 1843 to help children left homeless and without families during the whaling era. There were children without parents, orphaned by mothers who died and by fathers lost at sea. There were children left to beg on the streets, often forced to steal to seek out their paltry existence. Through continued fund raising, collaboration with other service agencies and the support of the community, the New Bedford Orphan's Home weathered the last part of the 19th century and more importantly, was a good "friend" to homeless children.