The Story of US Orphanages






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The orphanages are listed by state and include, where known, the organisation which founded the home (in brackets), and the date the home was established.

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Boys’ and Girls’ Home School, Grove Street, San Francisco (Boys and Girls' Aid Society). For the reformation of wayward children. Est. 1874


Children’s Home, Stockton (Ladies’ Aid Society) Est. 1896


Christian Orphanage, Kent Street, Los Angeles (private corporation).


Foundling Asylum of the San Francisco Lying in Hospital, Point Lobus Avenue, San Francisco (private corporation) Est.1877


Frances de Pauw Industrial School, Prospect Park, Los Angeles (Methodist Episcopal Church) Girls only. Est. 1900


Fred Finch Orphanage, Fruitvale (Methodist Episcopal Church) Est 1891


Fresno County Orphanage, Fresno (Fresno County) Est. 1895


Golden Gate Orphanage, Lytton Springs (Salvation Army)


Good Templars’ Home, Vallejo (Fraternity corporation) Est. 1869


Home of Benevolence, San Jose (private corporation). Est. 1878


Home of the Guardia Angel, South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles (Sisters of Mercy) Est 1894


Hurlbutt Orphans’ Home, Kelseyville (private corporation). Est. 1900


Josephinum Orphanage, San Jose (Dominican Sisters). Est 1897


Los Angeles Orphan Asylum and School, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles (Sisters of Charity). Girls only. Est. 1856


Maria Kip Orphanage, Lake Street, San Francisco (Episcopal Diocese of California). Girls only. Est 1889


McKinlay Industrial Home, Gardens (private corporation). Est 1900


Mount St Joseph’s Infant Orphan Asylum, Silver Avenue, San Francisco (Sisters of Charity). Est 1861


Odd Fellows’ Orphans’ Home, Gilroy (IOOF) Est. 1897


Pacific Hebrew Orphan Asylum, Davisadero Street, San Francisco (Pacific Hebrew Orphan Asylum and Home Society). Est. 1871


Pajaro Valley Orphan Asylum, Watsonville (Franciscan Fathers) Boys only. Est. 1869


Pasadena Home for Friendless Children, South Pasadena (Boys' and Girls' Aid Society) Est. 1888


Passadena Children’s Training Society, Wilson Avenue, Passadena (private corporation). Est 1902


Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum, Nineteenth Avenue, San Francisco (Sisters of Charity). Girls only. Est. 1852


Sacramento Foundling Home, Ninth Street, Sacramento (private corporation) Est 1890


Sacramento Protestant Orphan Asylum (Sacramento Protestant Orphan Asylum Association) Est 1867


San Bernardino Orphans’ Home, San Bernardino (Associated Charities). Est 1893


San Diego Children’s Home, Sixteenth Street, San Diego (private corporation) Est 1887 This home was not a traditional children’s home but provided care on a temporary basis to children whose mothers were working


San Diego Industrial School, San Diego (private corporation) Est 1895


San Francisco Nursery for Homeless Children, Mission Street, San Francisco (private corporation). Est. 1892


San Francisco Presbyterian Orphanage and Farm, San Anselmo (Presbyterian Church) Est 1895


San Francisco Protestant Orphan Asylum (San Francisco Protestant Orphan Asylum Society). Est. 1851


St Catherine’s Orphan Asylum, Anaheim (Female Religious of the Third Order of St Dominic). Boys only. Est. 1891


St Catherine’s Orphan Asylum, Fifth Street, San Benardino (Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) Girls only Est. 1893


St John's Institute, San Juan (Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary). Girls only. Est. 1871


St Patrick’s Boys’ Orphan Asylum, Grass Valley (Sisters of Mercy). Est. 1863


St Vincent’s Girls’ Orphan Asylum, Grass Valley (Sisters of Mercy). Est, 1863


St Vincent’s Institution, Santa Barbara (Sisters of Charity). Girls only. Est. 1858


St Vincent's Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum, San Rafael. (Brothers of the Christian Schools). Boys only. Est. 1855


Stanford Lathrop Memorial Home, between Eighth and Ninth Streets, Sacramento (Sisters of Mercy) Girls only Est. 1900


The Armitage Orphanage, San Mateo (Episcopal Church). Boys only. Est. 1886


The Beulah Orphanage, Mills College (Private corporation). Est 1895


The McKinley Orphanage, Nineteenth Street, San Francisco (California Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church). Est 1897


The Receiving Home, Russell Street, Berkeley (Children’s Home Finding Society of California) Est. 1901


Victoria Home, East Twenty-fifth Street, Los Angeles (Children’s Home Society of California). Est 1892


West Oakland Home, Campbell Street, Oakland (private corporation). Est. 1887


Working Boys’ Home, San Pedro Street, Los Angeles. Boys only. Est 1889


Youth's Directory, Nineteenth street, San Francisco (St Joseph's Union). Est. 1874