Our Story

Children’s Aid Society’s objective to aid children and young persons in need has remained fundamentally the same over the decades.

Through managing Melrose Home,  we care for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and youth between the ages of 6 to 18 years old. Most of whom have been referred from Ministry of Social and Family Development’s Child Protective Service.  The Home augments residential care services with psycho-social support programmes to provide a nurturing and comfortable ‘Home away from Home’.

Our Beginnings

1880
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With a heritage

With a heritage tracing back to the era of British colonial rule in the late 1880s, Children’s Aid Society is among the oldest philanthropic organisations in Singapore. The organization was originally established as St Nicholas Home before developing into Children’s Aid Society in 1902, through the efforts of a group of civic-minded men and women from the British Colonial Government, major European companies, and religious organisations.
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These included the Society’s first president

These included the Society’s first president,  Hon. W.R. Collyer (Attorney General of the Straits Settlements), Sir Cecil Clementi (Governor of Singapore, 1930-1934, picture on right),  and Sir Thomas Shenton (Governor of Singapore, 1934-1942).
1930
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In 1930

In 1930,  the Society rented a large colonial bungalow at 29 Tomlinson Road and named it “Melrose Home”. It was run by European matrons who sought to give the Home a family environment, providing warmth, care, and emotional support while seeking to instill good moral values in the children.
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1930 Images

1960
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After Singapore’s Independence

After Singapore’s independence, the European matrons retired and local Singaporeans took their place to provide a more local setting to the Children’s Aid Society. In the late 1960s, the high cost of maintaining the old Tomlinson bungalow and the need for a bigger boarding house led to the purchase of a property, set along a hillock along Clementi Road. Our honorary architects, 'James Ferry & Partners' designed and built a double storey boarding house with facilities to cater fully to the needs of the residents.
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1960 Images

On 31st October 1969, the wife of our first president, the First Lady,  Puan noor Aishah, officiated at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the new Melrose Home at 503 Clementi Road.
1970
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In April 1970

In April 1970,  The children and staff moved from Tomlinson Road to their beautiful new home and in the following year of 1971, Mrs Benjamin Sheares, the First Lady then, officially opened Melrose Home. In 1972, Mr T.S. Zain became the first Singaporean Chairman of the Children’s Aid Society, heralding a new era.
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1970 Images