The Children’s Center of Hamden: Making Tomorrow a Better Place for Connecticut’s Children

Mending young hearts and minds: that’s what we do at The Children’s Center of Hamden, Connecticut’s oldest chartered private child-caring agency for children and teenagers who struggle with serious emotional, behavioral, psychological and social problems.

What began in 1833 as The New Haven Orphan Asylum has evolved into one of Southern New England’s most esteemed facilities for children who must deal with the effects of physical and/or sexual abuse, psychiatric illness, learning disabilities, substance abuse and family trauma.

We offer help and hope to CT children and their families.

On average, more than 150 children and their families benefit each day from programs and treatment offered by The Children’s Center Of Hamden. Our attractive campus is located at 1400 Whitney Avenue in Hamden, CT. Though most of whom we serve are from the Greater New Haven area, The Children’s Center welcomes children and families from all parts of Connecticut. We offer help and hope to many children in Connecticut, improving the quality of their lives and keeping their families together.

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About the Children’s Center of Hamden

Let those who come here and work here tell our story …

The programs offered at The Children’s Center include Outpatient treatment, Inpatient/Residential care and treatment as well as on-site Special Education for grades 3-12. We are known for our successful work with at-risk youth, children with learning disabilities, and children with psychiatric disabilities. We have a dedicated and highly skilled staff of 240 employees including child care workers, therapists, and teachers. A multidisciplinary team develops a specialized treatment program for each child and their family.

For examples of how the Center has helped CT children and their families, we invite you to visit the pages that describe our individual programs:

Residential, Inpatient Programs

Crisis Stabilization (C.A.R.E) Brief out-of-home placement & treatment to stabilize the youngster & the family unit.
Residential Treatment Out-of-home treatment for adolescents with significant psychiatric and/or behavioral difficulties.
Substance Abuse Residential Treatment (New Choices) 4 to 6-week 24/7 treatment for adolescents abusing drugs and/or alcohol.
Acute Residential (S.T.A.R.T.) Psychiatrist directed 24/7 alternative to admission to or ‘step down’ from an acute care psychiatric hospital.
Therapeutic Group Home (Gate House) Program for adolescent boys with histories of sexualized behaviors often due to having been abused.
Safe Home (Kids Cottage) Out-of-home assessment & treatment for children who experienced abuse, neglect or other high-risk circumstances.

Outpatient Programs

Extended Day Treatment Intensive outpatient therapy & behavioral health treatment program. Youth may attend up to 5 days a week.
Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Substance abuse outpatient therapy and behavior modification.
Outpatient Mental Health Clinic Psychiatric outpatient therapy and/or medication management.

Special Education

Whitney Hall School Special education for students whose learning disabilities & behavioral problems are a barrier to learning.
Clinical Day School Special education with school social work & vocational service for students living in nearby communities.

Where we get our referrals

Referrals come from a variety of sources, including the Department of Children and Families (DCF), other social service agencies, psychiatric hospitals, local boards of education, juvenile justice agencies, community service providers, and parents. To find out more, visit The Children’s Center of Hamden credentials page.

Where we get our funding

Operational funding is provided by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), tuition from local school systems, State Medicaid fees-for-services, State and Federal grants, managed care/health insurance, contributions from the parent corporation ‘The Children’s Center’ as well as donations from individuals, businesses and foundations.

How you can help

There are several ways to make a donation, and we appreciate financial gifts of all kinds, in all amounts, because they help us deliver on our vision of making tomorrow a better place for Connecticut’s children.