The Children’s Center of Hamden: Making Today and 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. We are Connecticut’s oldest chartered private child-caring agency for children and teenagers who struggle emotionally, behaviorally, psychologically and socially.

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

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

On average, more than 150 children/teens 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 those we serve are from the Greater New Haven area, The Children’s Center welcomes youth and families from all parts of Connecticut. We offer help and hope to many children/teens in Connecticut, improving the quality of their lives and keeping their families together.

Childrens Center Intro Video

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 and Day treatment, Inpatient/Residential care and treatment as well as on-site Special Education for grades K-12. 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.
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.
Kids Cottage 15 day program boys & girls at risk of disrupting from community care including foster homes.

Outpatient Programs

Extended Day Treatment Intensive outpatient therapy & behavioral health treatment program. Youth may attend up to 5 days a week.
Wakeman Hall Outpatient – Substance Abuse Treatment Substance abuse outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment and community-based after care.

Special Education

Whitney Hall School Special education for students whose learning disabilities & behavioral problems are a barrier to learning.

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.