2016-03-24 / News Briefs

The Genesis of Child & Family


The Home for Friendless Children, circa 1900. 
(Photo courtesy of Child & Family) The Home for Friendless Children, circa 1900. (Photo courtesy of Child & Family) In 1866, the attention of the ladies of Newport was drawn to the great need of shelter for orphans and children of destitute parents. The Civil War had ended a year earlier, leaving many families split and in turmoil and children were of necessity begging in the streets. It was evident there was a need for a home for these helpless children. A meeting to organize was held on Sept. 12, 1866. Two months later, the weekly meeting of the board of managers met in the new home. The treasurer reported receipts of $1,304 and with additional donations of furniture, food and clothing, the home was made very comfortable and several more children were admitted.



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