Founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1869 as a home for abandoned children, The Foundling today offers an expansive array of services for underserved children, families, and adults with developmental disabilities. Whether it’s an abused child in need of a foster home, a young mother who lacks the skills to care for her child, or a young person lost in the juvenile justice system, The Foundling provides the resources necessary to rebuild lives and rebuild families.

Who We Are

We serve over 6,000 children, families, and adults in the 5 boroughs, Westchester and Rockland counties, and Puerto Rico.


We opened our doors in 1869 as the first institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the care of abandoned, neglected infants, regardless of race or creed.


Our senior staff of industry leaders continually seek innovative solutions for our children and families.

Board of Directors

Our Board Members are a diverse mix of impressive individuals, committed to continuing the 145 year legacy of The Foundling.

Our Sponsors

We are fortunate to have the support of 85 corporate and foundation sponsors that support our work in a variety of important ways.

Contact Us

View our contact numbers and emails for the best person to direct your inquiries.

Financial Documents

View our 990s, 501(c) 3 certification, compliance documents, and annual report.


Frequently Asked Questions


We have programs in all 5 boroughs, as well as Westchester and Rockland counties, and a large head start program in Puerto Rico.