Protestant Foster Home

<1850>-<?>: 270 North Broad Street
<1872> - <1912>: 284 Broadway (Belleville Ave.)

Established - March 28, 1848

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November 22, 1908 - Will Build a Three-Story Addition to Foster Home on Belleville Avenue

From: 1893 Newark City Directory

Receives orphans, half-orphans and friendless children.

From: Essex County, NJ, Illustrated 1897

The Foster Home, a charitable institution, was organized March 28, 1848, but a few days after the Newark Orphan Asylum. It is situated at 284 Belleville Avenue and receives children up to their tenth year.

From: Social Services Directory of Newark 1912

A Protestant Home for children of both sexes from the ages of three years to nine, subject to physician's examination. No fixed board charged. Mothers and guardians of children pay a maximum of $5.00 a month for children. Children are not sent to public school but are taught within the institution. The Home has established a small industrial training department. Children are kept until twelve years of age. Capacity, 115. Visiting day for the relatives and friends of the children is the last Thursday in each month; legal holidays are not visiting days except by special permission. Supported by subscriptions, donations and invested funds.


1880 Federal Census
ED 54
Ward 8
Page 32, 33, 34

1900 Federal Census
ED 71
Ward 8

YCS Adoption Services Search and Reunion Program offers search services to adoptees 18 years and older, birth parents and siblings who are interested in establishing contact with their natural family and/or obtaining updated medical information. Recently YCS expanded its search capabilities when the program acquired the adoption files of Christian Homes for Children in Hackensack which includes the files of Good Will Home and Rescue Mission in Newark and the Fort Lee Orphanage. These are in addition to the current record base of files from the Protestant Foster Home, Home for Friendless and Newark Home for Foster Care, Newark Orphan Asylum and the Children's Aid Society ­ The Prevention of Cruelty to Children. For more information about this program or to inquire about a search, call 973-395-0801 X417.