Board of Child Care Alumni

Modern AlumniThe Board of Child Care has served thousands of children since our legacy began in 1874.

If you spent any time at the Board of Child Care, we’d like to hear from you. This includes former residents of the Strawbridge Home for Boys, the Kelso Home for Girls or the Swartzell Methodist Home for Children. Individuals placed with foster or adoptive families through the Board of Child Care are also invited to contact us.

Historic Alumni

Let us know how you are doing and share your contact information for BCC’s mailing list. We’ll keep you updated on agency happenings and what other alumni are doing. You are also invited to visit the Board of Child Care’s Archive and Welcome Center to view the many photos and memorabilia displayed from throughout the agency’s history.

No matter how long or short your stay was with us, you are part of our family.

Read here how two former residents of the Kelso Home for Girls have maintained their friendship over the years.


Strawbridge AlumniThe Strawbridge Home for Boys opened in 1924 with 15 boys and two housemothers. For 36 years, Strawbridge was a loving, structured setting for hundreds of boys who lived at the home, located on 300 acres of farmland in Eldersburg, Md.

In 1960, Strawbridge Home for Boys merged with the Kelso Home for Girls and the Swartzell Methodist Home for Children to become the Board of Child Care. Despite the change, the Strawbridge Alumni Association, which formed in the 1940s, continued to meet every year for a picnic. Today, a reunion is held every other year.


The Strawbridge Home for Boys Alumni Association is now holding reunions every spring. For more information about the 2013 reunion, contact Jim Mathis or Don Smyth.

Strawbridge Alumni reunion is scheduled for

 Saturday, June 1, 2013 

2010 Strawbridge Reunion Slideshow

2008 Strawbridge Reunion Slideshow



At each reunion, the Strawbridge Alumni Association presents a donation to the Board of Child Care for the Alice G. Seymour Education Fund. From this fund a scholarship is given annually to a graduating high school senior living at BCC to help further the resident’s education.

Ms. Seymour served as a housemother for more than 30 years at the Strawbridge Home for Boys.


Film of the Strawbridge residents taken between 1934 and 1940 is now available on DVD. Contact Jim Mathis for a copy.

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