A Brief History of St. John Bosco Child & Family Services
Moved by the urgent need for supportive services for local youth and their families, New Paltz native Renee Fillette, a young mother of two, established St. John Bosco Child & Family Services as a haven for abused and neglected children in 2003. St. John Bosco Child & Family Services is a private, 501 (c) (3) non-profit, non-sectarian, and interracial agency providing children in the social services system with family-style residential living.
About Our Homes
Our agency holds the distinction of being the first such agency licensed in New York State in nearly a century. We presently operate three family-style residences. Each home serves up to 6 children. The New Paltz boys' home was the first to open in 2003. Thanks to a generous gift of a home by the Walden Savings Bank, the agency opened a home for girls in Walden, New York, in 2004. In 2006, the agency opened its second home for boys, a sprawling 3,000 square foot, Wallkill farm house was built in 1776 and is surrounded by pastures in a country setting.
Cultivating Healthy Families
St. John Bosco Child & Family Services is dedicated to the philosophy that raising a healthy and successful child is based on unconditional love, and that adverse conditions can be turned around. We believe that children and their families can change to improve the course of their lives. St. John Bosco Child & Family Services strives to help each child and their family reach their potential and to live together in an emotionally and physically healthy environment.