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Female Orphan Asylum - Children's Home of Portland Image

Female Orphan Asylum - Children's Home of Portland

1828 - 15 prominent women from Portland society petitioned the state legislature to incorporate as the Female Orphan Asylum of Portland (later the Children’s Home of Portland). The bill was enacted in February and on the first of April, the women opened a fully operational orphan “house” on the corner of Free & South...

Female Orphan Asylum - 50th Anniversay Annual Report Image

Female Orphan Asylum - 50th Anniversay Annual Report

1878 - The 50th Anniversay Annual Report of the Female Orphan Asylum.

Cornelius Sweetser Bequeaths Funds

1881 - Cornelius Sweetser dies; bequeathing funds to be used, "for the foundation, maintenance and support of an Orphan Asylum in Saco, to be called the Sweetser Orphan Asylum." It took three decades, but this was established on Moody Street in Saco.

Acts of Incorporation of Female Orphan Asylum Image

Acts of Incorporation of Female Orphan Asylum

1891 - A photo of the Acts of Incorporation of Female Orphan Asylum

Little Samaritan Aid Society (later named Maine Home for Boys) Image

Little Samaritan Aid Society (later named Maine Home for Boys)

1893 - A picture of the Little Samaritan Aid Society, which was later named the Maine Home for Boys.

Children's Aid Society of Maine in Belfast, established  Image

Children's Aid Society of Maine in Belfast, established

1893 - Children's Aid Society of Maine in Belfast, Maine established

Children's Aid Society - Act of Incorporation  Image

Children's Aid Society - Act of Incorporation

1905 - Photo of the Act of Incorporation of the Children's Aid Society

Sweetser Home for Boys

1913 - Sweetser Home for Boys

Sweetser Orphan Asylum opens in Saco Image

Sweetser Orphan Asylum opens in Saco

May 20, 1917 - The opening of the Sweetser Orphan Asylum on Moody Street in Saco.

Children's Home 100th Anniversary Report Image

Children's Home 100th Anniversary Report

1928 - Angelic cherubs on the cover of the 1928 – 100 th anniversary report

Mother Goose visiting children Image

Mother Goose visiting children

1928 - Photo of Mother Goose visiting with children.

Children's Home of Portland joins Sweetser Home for Boys

1949 - Children's Home of Portland joined with the Sweetser Home for Boys to become the Sweetser Children’s Home

Children's Aid Society of Maine joins Sweetser Children's Home

1950 - Sweetser Children’s Home brought the Children’s Aid Society of Maine into the fold

Sweetser Children's Home adds the Maine Home for Boys

1968 – Sweetser Children’s Home added the Maine Home for Boys

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Ruel Ricker

Ruel Ricker was the first Sweetser farmer who lived with his family in the original farmhouse and raised horses, pigs and chickens, and supplied the campus with fresh vegetables. An annual Ricker Farm Day event has taken place for over thirty years each summer, as a tribute to him, his passion for farming and working the land. It continues to...

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Sweetser Children's Services

May 28, 1992 - Sweetser Children’s Home becomes "Sweetser Children’s Services"

Merges with the Family Institute of Maine

1999 - Sweetser Children's Services merges with the Family Institute of Maine

Merges with Shoreline creating Sweetser

2000 – Sweetser Children's Services merges with Shoreline Community Mental Health Services and becomes “Sweetser”

Sweetser partners with PROTEA

2006 - Sweetser partners with PROTEA Behavioral Health Services for the provision of Outpatient Therapy and Medication Management Services

Sweetser merges with Richardson Hollow

2007 - Sweetser merges with Richardson Hollow in the greater Lewiston/Auburn area to expand Case Management Services

Partners with Transitions Mental Health and Phoenix Mental Health

2008 - Sweetser acquired Transitions Mental Health of greater Portland and Phoenix Mental Health of greater Bangor to expand our Affiliate network now approaching 500 strong.

Harbor Family Services Merges into Sweetser

2014 - Harbor Family Services merges into Sweetser, adding an additional six locations to geographic reach from Rockport to Winterport.

More Sweetser History

You can click on the dates and images above or read a narrative of our history: the Story of Sweetser

What Our Clients Are Saying

You guys changed my life.  I will always remember my time at Sweetser.  I lived in Portland Cottage in Saco and Bob Gauthier was the best male role model I have ever had. ~ Mike B.

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