Edgewood Children’s Center provides compassionate care and treatment to restore children and strengthen families through intensive therapy, special education, case management and support services.
In 2009 Edgewood celebrates 175 years of keeping kids at the heart of everything we do. From 1834 when Ann M. Perry and a group of volunteer women founded the St. Louis Association of Ladies for the Relief of Orphan Children, until 1943 when the children living on the current campus changed the name to Edgewood Children's Center, Edgewood has maintained a level of excellence and commitment unmatched by any other.
Over the years, Edgewood has bridged the transition from an orphanage to one of the finest children's treatment centers in the country. Mergers occurred in 1955 with Forest Park Children's Center and in 1978 with the Girls' Home. In 1998, Childhaven, an agency serving children on the autism spectrum, joined Edgewood.
Programs & Services
Today, Edgewood serves more than 300 children and family members daily. Through long- and short-term residential and day treatment, foster care case management and family reunification services, Edgewood offers highly individualized treatment, education, and community-based services to children and their families.
Severe trauma, often child abuse and neglect, is the most common thread among the children served by Edgewood. In addition, Edgewood serves children with a variety of emotional, behavioral, and communication disorders.
A physician, mental health professional, child welfare agency, educator or school district, juvenile court, insurance provider, or individual family may refer children and families to Edgewood.
Edgewood’s professional staff is highly credentialed in a variety of disciplines and includes licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, case management social workers, certified special education teachers, adjunctive therapists, and psychiatric, educational, medical, and psychological consultants. Edgewood Children’s Center is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Edgewood’s programs are funded through a combination of resources, including state reimbursements, purchase of service contracts, United Way of Greater St. Louis, and the generous donations of individuals, corporations and foundations. Edgewood is deeply grateful to all of the community partners that help us keep kids at the heart of everything we do.