Mending Young Hearts & Minds Since 1833
1400 Whitney Avenue Hamden CT, 06517


In the Spring of 2020, during the surge of the coronavirus pandemic in CT, people began to “social distance” from one another to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Some, like Phoebe Styron, reached out to The Children’s Center to offer support.   Phoebe quickly recognized an opportunity to connect people in the community with those enrolled in programs at the Center.  Phoebe is forming an Auxiliary!  The groups first project granted holiday wishes by shopping for gifts on the children’s wish lists.  To join the auxiliary contact Phoebe at email.

Joining the auxiliary connects you to a kindness that began over 185 years ago!

When the Center was founded as the New Haven Orphan Asylum in 1833, members of the community recognized that the children needed them.  People donated their time and organized fundraisers.  Records show fundraising events like Donation Days when caravans of wagons paraded through the streets to collect funds and food.  Others hosted fundraising fairs and events based on their interests.

From our farsighted founders to our board members, employees, friends and auxiliary…our common tie is a compassion for children.  Together we create a legacy of love.  Join us!