Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps is a leader in child welfare and juvenile justice, operating a number of programs and services for at-risk youth and families. Our work includes community based initiatives, residential treatment and juvenile justice programs, and we partner with national organizations and state agencies to use proven methods and develop new ways to advance practices in the care of those most vulnerable. We help individuals and families overcome difficult challenges and situations by providing the tools and skills they need to heal, grow, and thrive. Everything we do is based on the belief that every child deserves the chance for a brighter tomorrow.

As of September 2020, Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps and The Doctor Franklin Perkins School (Perkins) formally affiliated, with a full merger planned for the near future. Michael W. Ames, Perkins’ President and CEO, will lead both organizations. Together, they will serve nearly 2,000 vulnerable children, youth, and adults annually through day, residential, and community-based programs. The combined agency will reach and impact thousands more children and youth nationwide through juvenile justice training and technical assistance.


Embracing the Legacy: 50 Years.


2019 marked our 50th anniversary. Listen to stories from many of the amazing people that were here at the beginning and what moved them to action.