Noted as the oldest children’s charitable organization in the state, Child and Family Services began in 1850 as the Manchester City Missionary Society, a collaborative of several Protestant churches in the areas, whose purpose was to “save the unclaimed souls of the city.” Primarily, it tried to church the “unchurched.” By the end of the century, it added the distribution of charity (food, clothing, fuel) into the mix, for direct relief of stricken families.
MCMS initiatives also included the Fresh Air Camp, Sewing Circles (to prep little girls in the ways of domesticity), immigration services, child labor responses and a day care nursery for laborers of the Amoskeag Mills.
Child and Family Services is dedicated to advancing the well-being of children by providing an array of social services to strengthen family life and by promoting community commitment to the needs of children.
- the well-being of future generations and the well-being of their communities depends on the quality of care we provide each child today.
- children need strong families and caring communities to attain their full potential.
- setting the highest standards of integrity and professionalism will enable us to provide quality services to children and their families.
Founded in 1850, Child and Family Services is the oldest children’s charitable organization in NH. An independent/private nonprofit, CFS is a founding member of the Child Welfare League of America.
A nonprofit, non-sectarian organization, Child and Family Services receives funding from individuals, foundations, United Ways, corporate donations, state, federal and community grants, and civic organizations.
2009: Grant funds for training for potential foster parents.