In May 2023 The Center will host a variety of festivities to celebrate 190 years! Want to join in? Sponsor? Please contact Sarah at 203-248-2116 or email Founded in 1833 as the New Haven Orphan Asylum, The Children’s Center was the first private institution chartered in Connecticut to care for dependent children. A matron and teacher cared for seven children. Today, the Center cares for hundreds of children every year by providing treatment education and care.