Doctor Franklin Perkins School and RFK Children’s Action Corps Merge – Sentinel and Enterprise


LANCASTER – Doctor Franklin Perkins School and the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps have finalized plans to merge programs, staff and facilities into one organization. Together, the two human services agencies will move forward with a new name, RFK Community Alliance. They made the announcement at their joint annual meeting on Nov. 3, according to a press release from the combined organizations.

The new name continues the work and life of Robert F. Kennedy, a legacy defined by his commitment to serving vulnerable people. The new logo modernizes Perkins’ long-standing flower blossom logo. Together, the new branding represents a refreshing and exciting future that grows together.

At a time when social service organizations are seeing an unprecedented need in the communities they serve, RFK Community Alliance aims to provide high quality care and support to individuals and families facing complex challenges.

They help everyone they work with to be connected, capable, and healthy. They do so in eight main service areas: adoption, adult services, behavioral health, community services, early childhood education and care, education, youth justice transformation, and residential youth care. The organization serves thousands of children and adults through services in Massachusetts and many more across the country through training and technical assistance.

“The impact of these organizations is already substantial,” said Michael Ames, President and CEO. “The merger makes us both stronger. With more reach and resources now available, we have the opportunity to better serve the people we care for and the staff we employ. We are better together, especially in the face of rapid and often unpredictable change. We are excited to see what the future holds for RFK Community Alliance.

To learn more about the organization and the impactful work it does, visit:

Doctor Franklin Perkins School is a 125-year-old full-service organization that provides day and residential education for youth with developmental, learning, behavioral and other challenges, day and residential programs for adults with disabilities. intellectual and developmental issues, as well as mental health issues and other services for children, youth and families.

RFK Children’s Action Corps is a leader in child welfare and juvenile justice, providing residential and community programs to youth and families across the Commonwealth. They also provide training and technical assistance nationally and internationally.


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