Our History

Our History

Crossroad was founded in 1883 as the Reformed Orphans’ Home of Fort Wayne, IN. Nine-year-old Hermann Leisering was the first child who came to live here with our first Superintendent, Rev. John Rettig and his wife, in October 1883. Over many decades, 100s of orphans and other children in need of a home came here to live on the land on which we were founded and still stand on today.

As the need for orphanages began to diminish in the 1940’s and 50’s we adapted by providing two new important services:
  1) a home for unwed mothers known as Woodhaven
  2) services for emotionally troubled children.

More than 1000 unwed mothers came to Woodhaven from 1959 to 1973 to live during their pregnancies and have their babies. Most of the infants were adopted by members of supporting churches. The need for these services diminished in the early 1970s as it became acceptable for unwed mothers to remain in their family homes. But we continued to work with troubled children, expanding our services and making a name for ourselves in the Midwest as one of the finest treatment providers for emotionally troubled young people.

For many years we were known as The Fort Wayne Children's Home.  We started using the name Crossroad (our d/b/a) in 1975.  In 2010 our legal name became Crossroad Child & Family Services, Inc.

Today we provide a full spectrum of services in residential, outpatient, home-based and community settings. Randall J. Rider became our President and CEO in 2006. He is the 12th administrator of our agency.

If you are interested in learning more about Crossroad's history, please check back to our website often.  We will be sharing additional historical information on an ongoing basis.