Written by New York Foundling Guest Blogger, Sr. Carol Barnes. Sr. Carol is Director of Mission Integration at The Foundling and a member of our Board of Trustees.
In 1869, Sister Mary Irene Fitzgibbon, along with two other Sisters of Charity opened the doors of a Manhattan brownstone on East 12th Street. She placed a cradle outside the door as a beacon to welcome and save the lives of babies being abandoned in the streets of New York City. Thus began the tremendous legacy of The New York Foundling.
Today, 147 years later, we celebrate our history and our ‘birthday’. Like the various needs of New Yorkers which have grown over the past years, The New York Foundling has evolved into an organization that responds to these challenges and serves the diverse wants of numerous vulnerable populations.
The Foundling provides over 20 different services to 30,000 children, families and individuals each year. From adoption and foster care to child abuse prevention, as well as operating an overnight summer camp and a special charter school in the Bronx, our nearly 2,000 employees are making a tremendous impact across New York City 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Here’s to many more years supporting and caring for children, families, and individuals in need!
Want to learn more about The Foundling’s story? Visit our history page!