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Raintree has a rich history of providing services to children and families. The organization and its overall mission have stood the test of time in its dedication and commitment to helping children and families thrive. Raintree’s services have changed and grown to meet the needs of the community.

Raintree Children and Family Services has been in operation since 1926. It began as a home for orphaned infants and toddlers. In the 1930’s, the organization provided care to over 400 children while arranging adoptions for more than 150. Eventually, services expanded to include maternity care for young women during the 1950’s and 60’s.



"When I asked where the name 'Raintree' came from, I was told the house on the corner of 8th and Chestnut streets, where the office and Raintree House sit side by side, is dotted with golden rain trees."

"They're strong trees, beautiful and resilient, kind of like our kids"

During the 1970’s and 80’s, additional programs were established. Raintree House, a group home for teenaged foster girls began. Raintree Family Foster Care began providing services to therapeutic and private foster children while establishing foster parent homes in the community.

In the 1990’s, Family Service Coordination, an EarlySteps service, was established to serve children aged 0-3 with developmental delays.


  • Commitment: Reach for the highest standards of care to provide quality services

  • Integrity: Act with high ethical standards at all times

  • Security: Give children a safe and stable environment that engenders trust

  • Hope: Provide opportunities to thrive


We currently serve children in the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines. The years have brought many changes to our agency as we have evolved with the changing needs of our state and communities we serve. Raintree continues to grow as we listen to the needs of our city and fulfill our mission “to provide needed services to at-risk children and youth, encouraging hope and creating opportunities for growth and independent lives.” Raintree Children and Family Services is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency nationally accredited through the Council on Accreditation, and a member of the Child Welfare League.

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