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The residential programs of The Home for Little Wanderers range from group homes to intensive treatment facilities. In the group homes, children or adolescents are in transition back to their families or going on to independent living, but need support in order to make a successful transition back to their communities. The more intensive residential programs are staff secure facilities for children and adolescents who have either been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect or who are not able to function in the community due to severe behavioral problems.
The Home is committed to wellness and nutrition in all of our programs. See our policy here.
Longview Farm Campus
Located on a 160-acre site in Walpole, Longview Farm Campus is a co-ed residential treatment facility and an approved Chapter 766 private special education school for children and youth aged 5 to 18. Completely renovated in 2012, the Campus includes four residential cottages (two for co-ed latency-aged children and two for adolescent males), with a total capacity of 46 beds. A 31,000 sq. ft. addition was made to the educational facility to accommodate both the upper and lower schools. Services include individualized treatment plans, a year-round outdoor education/adventure program, psychological and educational evaluations and assessments. Elective classes include cooking, sculpting, drawing, music as well as auto, electrical and woodworking vocational shops.
Located on a 50-acre site in Plymouth, Southeast Campus is a co-ed residential treatment facility and a year-round Chapter 766 private special education school for youth aged 10 to 18. The Campus comprises four cottages (three for adolescent males and one for adolescent females), with a total capacity of 35 beds. Services include individual, family, and group therapy, psycho-pharmacological evaluation, psycho-diagnostic evaluation, educational evaluation, sexual abuse victim/abuser evaluation and treatment. The Campus offers extensive group recreational activities and several pre-vocational programs, including carpentry, graphic design, culinary arts, landscaping, building maintenance, bicycle repair and administrative work.
Located in Mission Hill, Harrington House is a 16 bed group home serving children ages 8 to 15 and their families. The program provides residential treatment by offering a safe, structured home-like, living environment. Children living at Harrington House participate fully in the community through school attendance and extracurricular activities. The program offers clinical services, health services, psychiatric services, educational assistance, milieu therapy, and case management services.
Located in Roxbury, Roxbury House is a group home for adolescents ages 14 to 18 years old. Some of the adolescents are preparing themselves for returning to their families or foster care, while others are preparing for independent living. Regardless of their plan, the program works with residents to help them develop the skills they will need to become contributing members of the community. Services include: individual, family and group therapy; psychopharmacological consultation and management; health care coordination; and psychoeducational groups.
Waltham House is a group home program designed to provide a safe and supportive living environment for up to 12 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) youth ages 14-18. The program also serves youth who may be questioning (Q) their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Many young people have previously experienced difficulty (at home or in placement) due to their gender expression or sexuality identities. Waltham House offers residents a safe environment to live while they prepare for family reunification, independent living and future self-sufficiency.