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Download the 2012 Annual Report.  If you would like to have one mailed to you, please email us your name and mailing address at info@italianhome.org.
During the last year, your support has helped the children of the Italian Home in so many ways. Did you know?
  • All Italian Home for Children programs served over 600 at-risk youth and their families.
  • Our community-based programs helped almost 320 children ages 4-18.
  • Over 60% of our children participated in community sports leagues, arts and drama programs, Boy/Girl Scouts, dance and gymnastics programs, and horseback riding. 
  • The Italian Home School, after-school, and summer/vacation programs assisted 70 children, with all students making progress in reading and math levels during the academic year.
  • In-home therapists worked with a small group of high school seniors with four graduating from high school and two starting junior college in 2012.
  • Over 90% of our discharged children returned to a family in their community.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q:  What is the Italian Home for Children?
Q:  Is the Italian Home for Children an Italian organization?
Q:  How is the Italian Home funded?
Q:  I am a former resident of the Italian Home.  How may I request my records?
Q:  Can I visit the Italian Home? 

Q:  What is the Italian Home for Children?

A:  The Italian Home for Children is a treatment facility offering a variety of residential and community based programs serving emotionally disturbed and special needs children ages 4 to 13 and their families.  The Italian Home's services are appropriate for children with significant emotional and behavioral disorders irrespective of family resources or family involvement.  The Italian Home has four residential programs on its Jamaica Plain campus and two programs located in East Freetown, Massachusetts.  The multitude of programs offer families a continuum of services, provided by a multi-disciplinary staff: Master's Level clinicians, psychiatrists, registered nurses, special education teachers, trained childcare workers - over 250 professionals working toward one primary goal - the reintegration of the children back into their schools, families, and communities by giving them the tools to cope with their emotional scars.

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Q:  Is the Italian Home for Children an Italian organization?

A:  The Italian Home was established 90 years ago as an home for Italian children orphaned in the influenza epidemic of 1918.  Today, the Italian Home for Children is a multi-racial, multi-cultural children's organization that provides services for the most severely abused, neglected, and emotionally disturbed children in Massachusetts.  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.  We are committed to culturally responsive services and involvement in community programs and activities to the greatest possible extent.

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Q:  How is the Italian Home funded?

A:  The Italian Home believes in a balanced approach to funding.  The majority of our funds come from government agencies who purchase our services: Department of Children & Families (formerly Department of Social Services), Department of Mental Health, Department of Early & Secondary Education, to name a few.  However, the money we spend providing services to the children in our care always exceeds what the purchasers of our services are able to pay.  To offset this, the Italian Home is committed to a strong fundraising program.  Year in and year out, the Italian Home receives donations in all sizes and forms, from a variety of donors: individuals, corporations, folks who attend our special events, and bequests.  Our commitment to fundraising reflects our dedication to providing the highest quality services to children.

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Q:  I am a former resident of the Italian Home for Children.  How may I request my records?

A:  For information on how to request your records, please contact Kerry Colleary, Director of Quality Improvement and Administration Services at kerry@italianhome.org or 617-524-3116 x307.

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Q:  Can I visit the Italian Home?

A:  We welcome the opportunity to give people a tour of our campus to see firsthand what we are all about.  For more information on visiting Italian Home for Children, please contact the Development Office at 617-524-3116.

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