Founded as a home for abandoned children, The New York Foundling has been saving children, preserving families and building communities since 1869. In the tradition of openness and compassion of its sponsors, the Sisters of Charity, the agency helps children, youth and adults in need through efforts that strengthen families and communities and support each individual in reaching his or her potential. The agency serves more than 6,000 people each year in the New York City area and in Puerto Rico as we work to empower children and families.
The Sisters of Charity joyously celebrated their 200th Anniversary in July 2009. At a commemorative mass, Sr. Regina Bechtle reflected on the life and legacy of St. Elizabeth Seton, the founder of the Sisters of Charity. Please enjoy this stirring tribute.
The New York Foundling’s Values
All interactions with and among children, youth, adults, families and staff are based on our continuously renewed capacity to be open to the full range of their individual needs, circumstances and potential.
Each person's dignity, rights and spiritual preferences are treated with respect, honor and fairness.
Family and Community.
Children, youth, adults and staff benefit from lasting, interdependent and meaningful relationships in their community.
Respecting, embracing and celebrating the differences among us, strengthens us.
Excellence and leadership require continual emphasis on innovation, increasing knowledge and delivering the highest quality services and programs.
The Foundling’s Mission Integration Committee is dedicated to helping our staff demonstrate the agency’s heritage, mission and values in our everyday work. When we achieve this, we foster a culture in which the spiritual well-being of our staff and the children and families we serve is nurtured and supported.