Association for Care of Colored Orphans

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What is the Association for Care of Colored Orphans?

“The Association for the Care of Colored Orphans, also known as ‘The Shelter,’ was founded in Philadelphia by Quaker women in 1822 to care for black orphans, both boys and girls, within a nurturing, home-like environment. In 1915, it relocated to Cheyney, Pa, and became a home for girls. In 1965, its name was changed to “Friends Shelter for Girls,” and its mission evolved to serve as a home for teenaged girls. In 1981 it ceased to function as a group home and was succeeded by Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children which functioned as an emergency shelter.”

– Association for Care of Colored Orphans