In 1869, three Sisters of Charity opened their doors to save the lives of babies being abandoned on the streets of New York, beginning the legacy of The New York Foundling. Over the past 150 years, the Sisters’ ministry has continued evolving from a respite home for abandoned children, to a comprehensive spectrum of community support services designed to provide opportunities to the children and families of New York. While social situations and our approach to our mission have evolved, we continue to share our founders’ belief that no one should ever be abandoned, and that all children deserve the right to grow up in loving and stable environments.
Explore our history further by purchasing The Foundling, our recently updated book. Penned by Martin Gottlieb with photos by Claire Yaffa, the book provides an engrossing historical overview of our extraordinary organization.