History

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Female Orphan Asylum – Children’s Home of Portland

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 Streets.

1828

Female Orphan Asylum – 50th Anniversary Annual Report

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

1878

Cornelius Sweetser Bequeaths Funds

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

A photo of the Acts of Incorporation of Female Orphan Asylum

1891

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

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

1893

Children’s Aid Society of Maine in Belfast, established

1893

Children’s Aid Society – Act of Incorporation

Photo of the Act of Incorporation of the Children’s Aid Society

1905

Sweetser Orphan Asylum Opens in Saco

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

1917

Children’s Home 100th Anniversary Report

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

1928

Mother Goose Visiting Children

Photo of Mother Goose visiting with children.

1928

Children’s Home of Portland Joins Sweetser Home for Boys

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

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

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 be a fun opportunity for friends and families of those involved with Sweetser to enjoy a day of games and activities and learning about the Farm and Sweetser services.

1979

Sweetser Children’s Services

May 28, 1992 – Sweetser Children’s Home becomes “Sweetser Children’s Services”

1992

Merges with the Family Institute of Maine

Sweetser Children’s Services merges with the Family Institute of Maine

Sweetser Acquires PROTEA

Sweetser acquires PROTEA Behavioral Health Services

Sweetser Merges with Richardson Hollow

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

Partners with Transitions Mental Health and Phoenix Mental

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

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

Developmental Services

Sweetser added Developmental Services, serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in a community setting in April 2018.