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The Home for Little Wanderers Overview

Brighton, MA
501 to 1000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Social Assistance
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
The Home for Little Wanderers provides a seamless continuum of vital programs and services for every stage of child and family development. For more than 200 years, we’ve earned a reputation for doing whatever it takes to strengthen vulnerable families and keep ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to ensure the healthy behavioral, emotional, social and educational development and physical well-being of children and families living in at-risk circumstances.

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  • Dunkin’s Joy in Childhood Foundation supported our kids with a $5,000 grant which will help support our teens with meals and food nutrition. Thank you to the Brand Central Chapter of the Joy in Childhood Foundation!

  • January is National Mentoring Month! Did you know how much a mentor can make a difference in a child's life?

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The Home for Little Wanderers – Why Work For Us?

The Home for Little Wanderers encourages caring individuals who are committed to our mission and who share our vision to apply for positions within our organization. We value and respect diversity among our staff and support a work environment that encourages openness and recognizes, values, and compensates the contribution made by each employee.

Our programs include residential and community-based programs and three private special education (Chapter 766) schools. Employees typically work with adolescents, toddlers, or latency aged children and their families in the program that can make the best use of their talents, interests, experience and education.

In addition to competitive salaries, The Home for Little Wanderers offers a comprehensive benefits package that is designed to meet the varied needs of our employees.  They include...

  • Health Insurance through Blue Cross/Blue Shield (2 different plan choices)
  • Generous Earned Time that amounts to 20 days for new FT employees, plus 8 paid holidays
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan with up to a 3% employer match once you've completed a year of service during which you've worked at least 1,000 hours
  • Group Term Life Insurance/AD&D equivalent to one times your annual salary, provided at no cost
  • Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, and many more benefits as well


Children grow best when they can be at home with their own families. Growing evidence indicates, when home is a safe place, community-based services are more effective. Through our continuum of care, The Home provides clinical and support services to strengthen families where they are: home, school, clinic, or hospital.

The Home practices the “wraparound” system in all of its clinical and family support programs which include:


The Home provides a range of residential programs for youth who need to be in an out-of-home placement. Often, children who need out-of-home placement have experienced one of the following:

  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Severe Behavioral Problems

The Home’s five residential programs offer different services and levels of care. Some of the programs are to prepare youth to transition back to their families or go on to independent living. Group homes give youth the opportunity to acclimate into their community to enable a successful transition. 


The Home for Little Wanderers operates two state-approved special education programs* for children and youth aged 5 to 18 from cities and towns throughout Eastern Massachusetts. The mission of our special education schools is to provide a safe and secure environment that allows all students to reach their fullest social and academic potential. School staff works closely with families and referral sources to ensure that services meet the needs of the whole child.


The transition to adulthood can be difficult to navigate, especially for youth in their late teens or early 20s who have spent most of their lives in state care. The Home recognizes the unique issues that our youth “aging out” of the system face – including homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, early pregnancy and substance abuse—and offers resources and support designed to prepare them for their future as confident, self-sufficient adults in our community.

Our programs and services include:

In addition, The Home co-founded the statewide Task Force on Youth Aging Out of the Department of Children and Families care. This Task Force has grown to include a larger group of transitional age youth and transformed into the Transition Age Youth Coalition.

*All schools are private special education schools accredited by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, approved by the school district in which they are located, affiliated with the Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools (MAAPS) and co-located on campuses with therapeutic residential programs.


The Home for Little Wanderers provides a seamless continuum of vital programs and services for every stage of child and family development. For more than 200 years, we’ve earned a reputation for doing whatever it takes to strengthen vulnerable families and keep children safe in their own communities, even when they don’t have family support.

Regardless of the level or type of commitment, volunteers are an integral part of the services we provide to children and their families. We are grateful to the many individuals, companies, and organizations that have shared their time and resources to show our children that they really care.

The Home for Little Wanderers Reviews

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The Home for Little Wanderers President and Chief Executive Officer Lesli Suggs
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    "Mission-driven organization with excellent benefits and various openings in different disciplines"

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    I have been working at The Home for Little Wanderers full-time (Less than a year)


    Strong benefits package with 403(b) matching
    Various programs at many locations around Boston the South Shore
    Extensive training opportunities available to staff
    Multiple employee recognition programs
    The work that The Home does positively impacts countless children and families


    Some locations offer limiting parking/aren't very T accessible

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The Home for Little Wanderers Photos

The Home for Little Wanderers photo of: The Home's new President and CEO Lesli Suggs had the crowd in tears as she shared three success stories of children served by The Home.
The Home for Little Wanderers photo of: Our Adoption and Foster Care team are at the The Salvation Army of Massachusetts’ Back-To-School celebration.
The Home for Little Wanderers photo of: Lesli Suggs, President and CEO of The Home, presented as a part of the MA Permanency Practice Alliance at the Providers Council Convention
The Home for Little Wanderers photo of: A really BIG thanks to our friends at the Boston Celtics who hosted some of our kids for an AMAZING, unforgettable holiday party.
The Home for Little Wanderers photo of: Our finance team spent their weekend volunteering at the Toy Room. Thank you!
The Home for Little Wanderers photo of: The Boston-Suffolk County Family Resource Center's amazing staff provides a one stop access point for families!
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The Home for Little Wanderers Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
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    I applied through other source. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at The Home for Little Wanderers (Boston, MA) in August 2011.


    Very Friendly Open and Profesional. Met with the director one on one and then with team members. Team members seemed to not really be invested in the program could have been because it was a Friday. I had concerns about diversity.

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