Our History

Our History

Fred Finch Youth Center Turns 125!

Established as an orphanage in 1891 by Duncan and Eunice C. Finch, Fred Finch Youth Center was founded on the principle that no one–regardless of their background, financial status, or personal challenges–should be neglected or forgotten.  Little did they know how timeless their principles were.

From 1891 to the 1950s, the needs of the community had changed. Fred Finch Youth Center changed its focus and began serving adolescents who were, at the time, considered “incorrigible.” Mental health treatment services were added to meet the needs of these young people. Foster youth were experiencing higher rates of poverty, joblessness, substance use, addiction, developmental disabilities, and emotional impairments than the general population. In the late 1960s, Fred Finch Youth Center opened a residential treatment facility for youngsters who required more intensive services including behavioral interventions, healing from childhood trauma, and care for those with both mental and developmental disorders. Since the 1970s, we have specialized in serving the youth who require unique services not available from other agencies.

The 1970s also brought many advancements in the field of child welfare. Long-term studies clearly point to the family and social-emotional environment as the single most important factor in the development of young people and, consequently, of our society. Today, FFYC offers a culturally competent, evidence-based approach to services founded in modern best practices, with a commitment to positive outcomes.