Founded as a Jewish orphanage in 1868, Bellefaire Jewish Children's Bureau has evolved into one of the nation's leading providers of wellness, advocacy, and behavioral healthcare for children, youth and their families. Capitalizing on the richness of experience, stability and a legacy of success, Bellefaire JCB has been able to grow with the ever-changing needs of America's children. Bellefaire's more than 600 dedicated staff serve over 12,000 children, adolescents and their families.
By 1948, Bellefaire JCB had grown to include The Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Association, JDN Early Childhood Center and a number of community-based group homes. These associations and mergers laid the foundation for today's diverse service agency - providing an array of services that includes in-home counseling, foster care, secure residential treatment, adoptions, independent living, preschool, and multi-site community clinics.
As a charter member of the Child Welfare League of America, Bellefaire JCB helped pioneer new psychological treatments for emotionally disturbed children. In September 2000 Bellefaire JCB opened Monarch School and in 2004, Monarch Boarding Academy. Furthermore, Bellefaire JCB partnered with Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston's Autism Language Program to develop a dynamic response to the looming Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) epidemic. The result was the invention of the Monarch Model for the education of children with ASD.
Today, Bellefaire JCB is pioneering new treatments for children with autism, as well as providing school and community-based interventions for children with behavioral health problems. Our commitment to meeting current needs with an appropriate array of services; our historical involvement with research and education; and our Board's commitment to the vision: Helping Children and Preserving Families, enables Bellefaire JCB to be one of the Nation's flagship child and family service agencies.
To learn more, call Bellefaire JCB at 216-932-2800 or 1-800-879-2522.