About Us

History

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Mission Statement

Children's Aid Society of Mercer County is dedicated to support and strengthen children, families, and communities by providing multiple, creative and collaborative services.

What We Are Doing Now

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Director's Message

Children’s Aid Society of Mercer County was started in 1889 to take care of children because their parents could not – for whatever reasons. Reviewing the records of the past, and hearing stories from people who used to live here,  indicate that those reasons were often  economically based. Sometimes children stayed here for a short time, sometimes for a long time;  but often their stays were reoccurring – depending on the economic condition of their families.  

Today, no one lives here, but we continue to help children whose families cannot take care of them. The reasons are many – employment, housing, mental health issues, incarceration, custody issues, childhood disorders, lack of family and economic conditions. The ultimate focus of all our programs is for children to grow into independent and self-sustaining adults.   

Our programs and services would not be successful without the support of our community. In so many ways the community is our partner as we support at risk children and encourage/teach  their parents to accept the challenges in caring for their children. As our services change to meet the changing needs of the at risk children in our care, we look forward to the support of that community partnership.