Human Services

The Home For Little Wanderers

aka The Home

Boston, MA


The Home's mission is to ensure the healthy behavioral, emotional, social and educational development and physical well-being of children and families living in at-risk circumstances. Our mission is achieved by providing an integrated community-based system of direct care services, special education and prevention. In addition, The Home seeks to expand its sphere of influence through advocacy, being a strong voice for all children and families, not just the ones we serve directly.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Joan Wallace-Benjamin

Main Address

10 Guest Street Suite 3

Boston, MA 02135 USA


The Home, child welfare, special education, behavioral health, foster care, residential care, adoption





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Residential & Special Education

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Case Management Services

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The Home is committed to creating access to services to ensure at-risk children and families throughout Massachusetts sustain positive mental and physical health while living safely and stably within their community. The Home aims to prepare youth to have the skills they need to successfully transition to adulthood which includes educational and vocational preparedness. We work to ensure every child has a caring adult present to provide lifelong support. Over the next three years, The Home will work towards making these impacts as outlined in our strategic plan, which is built on a foundation of intensive research, data gathering and analysis that informs a holistic and objective perspective of the organization. This data-driven approach and data-based decision making will allow The Home to maximize its impact on the children, families, and communities we serve.

The Home will work toward the impact we want to make in four ways: We will deliver services which impact more than 7,000 lives each year. The services include: adoption and foster care; care coordination; mental health services; special education; therapeutic residences; and transition to adulthood.As a way to improve our service delivery, The Home is focused on additional, quality staff training. Our training focuses are cognitive behavioral therapy, high fidelity wraparound, integrative treatment of complex trauma, motivational interviewing, restorative practices, and therapeutic crisis intervention.We will continue to work as a leader in advocacy, helping shape public policy that affects children and families in the Commonwealth. Our advocacy work is done through coalitions groups, government relations, and education to the public regarding the population we serve.We are only able to work towards making these impacts if we are operating; which is why sustainability is the fourth prong to our strategy. The Home will work towards its sustainability through enhancing access to data, fiscal planning and management, fund development, program evaluation, retention of diverse staff, risk management, and technology support.

The Home will be able to make these impacts because of internal and external strengths. Our dedicated Risk Management, Evaluation, & Outcomes (RMEO) department is focused around evaluation and research; organizational performance, risk management, corporate compliance; and health information management. This department analyzes data by program and in aggregate across the agency quarterly. This allows our organization to assess what approaches and services are working and quickly adjust and adapt to new procedures to better serve our clients. RMEO drives agency-wide and program-specific goal setting, the agency's strategic plan, and logic model. This department is in charge of our agency-wide follow-up initiative which tracks discharged children through phone interviews. Information collected through this initiative is used to help determine whether to continue, enhance, or replace treatment interventions and components in programs. It also helps us find unmet needs that could contribute to the development of new services. The Home belongs to many coalitions, organizations, and associations such as The Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers and The Children's League of Massachusetts. Our partnerships with these groups and others like them allow us to make a greater impact on our target population.

The Home will know if it is making progress towards our intended impact by using the Providers' Council of Massachusetts Benchmarking system and by achieving the short-term goals laid out in our agency logic model. The benchmarking program enables The Home to measure its performance by providing our quantitative data into the system. It allows us to make data-drive decisions to improve the agency and the services we deliver. The system also allows us to measure ourselves against similar agencies providing like services. Our organization will also know it is making progress as we meet our short-term goals which are broken into three categories: Children & Youth; Families; and Staff.For children & youth, we seek to increase skills for executive functioning and self regulation; increase knowledge of wellness and life skills; increase interpersonal skills; decrease hospitalizations and psychiatric emergencies; decrease disruptive behavior at school and in the community; reduce trauma symptoms; increase time on academic task; increase reading skills of students that are below grade level.Our short-term goals for families are to increase engagement in their child's treatment and education; enhance use of social networks and supports; decrease drop-out and early termination from services.For our staff, we will increase knowledge and skills of evidence-based practices; increase data-based decision making; enhance capacity to meet the needs of diverse client populations.

The Home has made strides towards our long term goals. In Fiscal Year 2015, The Home was in its implementation phase of the grant it received as part of the Success for Transition Age Youth (STAY) Program. During this phase The Home introduced a new position, Peer Mentors, to work with young adults and teach them how to advocate and help themselves. The organization created the Youth Advisory Group which is made up of young adults who want to make an impact in their communities and educate others regarding mental health. This shows progress towards our long-term goals of giving youth the skills they need to transition to adulthood, sustaining positive mental and physical health in children, and children and youth maintaining nurturing relationships with adults and positive relationships with their peers. We opened a new program, the Boston-Suffolk County Family Resource center which is a step in helping families live safely and stably within their community. Our Special Education schools expanded their vocational curriculum to include equine science, graphic design, culinary arts, and carpentry which will help lead the youth in these programs closer to our goal of educational and vocational preparedness. Working towards our long-term goal of caring adults providing lifelong support to children and youth, The Home established its Connections Program. The Connections Program connects a caring adult with an older youth to create a support system for the young adult and a lifelong connection to help them as they buy their first car, apply to college, find their own apartment, and make their way in the world The Home has made great strides towards its long term goals but it has further to go. As outlined in the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan, The Home needs to collect and use its data more effectively. The organization will engage in more data-driven decision making as it develops more programs and adjusts its service delivery.

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Awards & Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation

Affiliations & Memberships

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)

United Way Member Agency

Child Welfare League - Accredited Member

Children’s League of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of 766-Approved Private Schools

Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers


The Home For Little Wanderers

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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