It is the holiday season, a season of thanks and joy. A season of light. A season of hope.

Give hope

We are building a community of game changers who, working together, will fundamentally change the child welfare system and how kids navigate through it. Our common goal is to unleash the potential and talent of kids who have been abandoned by society and left behind.

1,004,002 total hours of care that we provided in 2016
96%of our kids stayed in their homes
98%of our kids stayed in their school

Program Overview

Day Treatment

Day Treatment

On-site K-12 Educational Services where children receive an exceptional education and the needed mental health support to effectively reintegrate back into schools and communities.


Community-Based Services

Innovative services focused on keeping children in loving homes. Creating environments where children can be safe and thrive in-home, school and community.


Residential Treatment

Residential care for more than 35 kids, in five cottages where kids are learning and developing skills to be safe in homes, schools and the community.


Reflections on our work, our philosophy, and the children who bless our lives. Our blog is written by various guest writers, which can be anyone from a teacher to our CEO to a parent. We don't have all the answers—but together, we can make progress.

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Giving Hope

Not every story is a happy one, but every story at Tennyson Center has one common element—hope. We can’t change the past, but as a community, we can help these children to have the mental tools they’ll need to go forward with their lives. To overcome, to achieve, to thrive.



When Lucy (8) came to Tennyson Center, she had been sexually, physically and emotionally abused. As a result, she was emotionally detached. Anytime she felt an emotion, she didn’t know how to react to it and ended up screaming, yelling and hitting anything and everything around her. She was removed from her parents and had been in 15 different foster homes. She was referred to Tennyson Center as a last resort.


Seven-year-old Amelia was being sexually abused by her father. When her mom found out, she filed for divorce and moved out of their home. Due to the trauma of abuse, Amelia was harming herself and struggling with serious emotions and was being hospitalized almost weekly.


Do you remember what it felt like to be seven years old? Close your eyes and picture yourself at seven playing on the swings with your best friend. Now imagine a seven year old living in a home where violence and neglect were everyday occurrences and the solution was to move from county to county to avoid being discovered. Until one day your mom has had enough and you witness her murder your step-father.


Picture a 5th grade classroom, state capitals on the wall, full of 10 year old children chatting with their friends, getting ready for recess. Max is not there. Max has not been in school for over six months.

How You Can Help

Since 1904 we've been helping the community. We've been lucky in that we've always had support.

None of us can do this alone. We need your help.

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