Press release submitted by the Perkins School and the RFK Children's Action Corps
The Doctor Franklin Perkins School (Perkins), and Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps (RFK Children’s Action Corps) have announced that they will unveil the combined organization’s new name and logo on November 3, 2021. Their affiliation was announced in September 2020, and the two organizations have spent the past 13 months integrating service areas, operations, and support services, as well as developing a new combined brand.
The news will first be shared with staff and program participants during the day on November 3, and then, at 6:30 pm, the newly combined organization will hold its first-ever annual meeting and celebration which will end with the public announcement of the new brand. Press are welcome to attend. While the in-person event is limited in size due to Covid-19, the community is invited to attend virtually at this link: https://givebutter.com/4StgFT
“It’s an exciting time for both of these organizations,” said Michael Ames, Ph.D., who has been serving as President and CEO of both organizations this past year and will lead the combined organization. “While it won’t change the programs we run, the people we serve, or the people that make up our teams, it will be wonderful to be united under one name and brand as we grow together into the future.”
Legally, RFK Children’s Action Corps is an affiliate of the Doctor Franklin Perkins School, with a full merger coming soon. The operations and administrative staff have been integrating their people and systems over the past year, and many members of the legacy RFK Children’s Action Corps’ board have or will have joined the combined board as of the November 3rd Annual Meeting, including two of Robert F. Kennedy’s grandsons: Matthew Kennedy and Former Congressman Joseph Kennedy III.
The Doctor Franklin Perkins School is a 125-year-old multi-service organization providing day and residential education for youth with developmental, learning, behavioral and other challenges, day and residential programming for adults with intellectual and developmental challenges, as well as mental health and other services for children, youth and families.
RFK Children’s Action Corps is a leader in child welfare and juvenile justice, providing both residential and community-based programs for youth and families from across the Commonwealth. They also provide training and technical assistance nationally and internationally.
Together, they will serve thousands of vulnerable children, youth, and adults annually through day, residential, and community-based programs in Massachusetts; the new agency will also continue to impact thousands more children and youth nationwide through juvenile justice training and technical assistance.
Doctor Franklin Perkins School is a comprehensive human service agency providing academic, vocational, and clinical services for children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and their families. Its mission is to promote meaningful and sustained well-being for children, youth and adults facing educational, developmental, or mental health challenges. Learn more at perkinsprograms.org.
Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, an affiliate of Doctor Franklin Perkins School, operates a number of programs and services for at-risk children and families, including community-based initiatives, residential treatment and juvenile justice programs, and partners with national organizations and state agencies to use proven methods and develop new ways to advance practices in the care of those most vulnerable, providing the tools and skills they need to heal, grow, and thrive. Learn more at www.rfkchildren.org.