Explore Children's Aid History

View archive photographs of life on the Orphan Trains

An estimated 30,000 children were homeless in New York City in the 1850s. Charles Loring Brace, the founder of The Children's Aid Society, believed that there was a way to change the futures of these children.

View archive photographs of Children's Aid children at play

View a photo gallery of archive photographs of children receiving health services.

View a photo gallery of archive photographs of children in school.