Massachusetts children in foster care have a friend at “The Home”

Since 1799, children and families in Massachusetts have found
help from various children’s agencies that now form
The Home for Little Wanderers
, also known as “The Home”.

The Home offers a range of services and programs as a result of the
merging over the last decade of four major organizations: Boston
Children’s Services, The New England Home for Little Wanderers,
Parents’ and Children’s Services, and Charles River Health

One success story from The Home involves
Scott and Joey Ullrich
. They initially met when Scott mentored
Joey as part of a Big Brother program. Previous to his adoption,
Joey – now age 13 – spent two years in foster care and three years
in residential care at The Italian Home in Jamaica Plain. Scott is
business manager at UU World
– the magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association of

According to The Home’s web site, “Joey has come a long way in
the last three years and is much happier for it. Scott takes Joey
to soccer practice every Saturday, he’s introduced him to skiing,
which he loves and he’s also developed a passion for baseball and
basketball. Joey is popular with his peers, but because of the
neglect he went through as a young child, he does have his
struggles. He is diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD), and learning disabilities and attends special education
classes at his middle school.”

The Adoption Program at The Home for Little Wanderers is
dedicated to providing permanent homes for children and offers
adoption services to prospective parents. The program offers
couples and single persons of all races, ethnicities, sexual
orientations, gender identities, socio-economic backgrounds and
religions many options for starting or adding to their

“The Home” if you are interested in adoption.

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