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Included below are some commonly asked questions about Judge Baker Children's Center.  If you have additional questions, please e-mail them to

What makes Judge Baker Children's Center different from other mental health organizations?

Judge Baker's direct services are strongly shaped by the most current research conducted at JBCC and other prominent research institutions.  This research also informs our community training and the training of advanced degree mental health professionals.

Why does Judge Baker need my support?

Your support allows children and their families who are challenged with emotional and behavioral issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, get the help they need.  Through your generosity, our work helps children struggling with adult-sized problems get back their childhood.

What makes Judge Baker different from other social service agencies?

Judge Baker is unique in its integration of research, training and practice in child mental health.  As a leader in the field of children's mental health, we are able to facilitate deep connections between stakeholders, including:

  • Advocates and policy makers
  • Researchers and the next generation of care providers
  • Colleagues in different ares of our field; and most importantly,
  • Families with similar issues.  Families often describe the Judge Baker experience as "finally coming home."

Because we have a wide range of thought leadership and expertise, we can approach challenges from multiple perspectives, helping to find the best and most appropriate solutions for each individual child.

How will you use my gift?

Gifts of all sizes support our research and treatment for struggling youth.  If you would like to designate your gift to a specific program at Judge Baker, please let us know and we will be happy to help.

Alternatively, unspecified gifts will be directed within Judge Baker where support is needed most.

What is Judge Baker's connection to Harvard Medical School?

Judge Baker is an affiliate organization of Harvard Medical School which means that many of JBCC's researchers, especially our senior scientists, have faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School.  However, Judge Baker Children's Center receives no funding from, and is an independent organization from, Harvard Medical School.

Who should I contact with questions about how I can support Judge Baker Children's Center?

Please contact our Development Office at 617-278-4258 and one of our staff members will be happy to speak with you.

Who was Judge Baker?

Harvey Humphrey Baker was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on April 11, 1869.  He attended Roxbury Latin School, graduated from Harvard College in 1891 and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1894.  He was appointed the first judge of the Boston Juvenile Court by Governor Curtis Guild in 1906, when the court was created by the Legislature of Massachusetts.

Judge Harvey Baker held a very strong belief that there was more to "juvenile delinquency" than just a "bad kid."  He had a dream to create a place where research and treatment could help these children improve their behavior.  Sadly, Judge Harvey Baker passed away from illness in 1914 at the age of 45.  Judeg Harvey Baker's lifelong friend, Judge Frederick P. Cabot, made his late friend's dreams a reality.  The "Judge Baker Foundation" was incorporated in 1917 and Judge Cabot served as the first president of the Board of Trustees.