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1935 - the boys dormitory under construction at the Kendall Home for Children (aka Dade County Childrens Home)
1935 Florida State Archives

1935 - the boys dormitory under construction at the Kendall Home for Children (aka Dade County Children's Home)

Kendall, Florida


From the state archives description: "Corporate subject: United States. Federal Emergency Relief Administration. Corporate subject: Dade County Children's Home. Subject term: Federal aid to community development--Florida--Miami. Subject term: Group homes for children. Geographic term: Kendall (Fla.)--Buildings, structures, etc."

NOTE to victims of child abuse: I'm very sorry to read the comments from people regarding the horrible child abuse that occurred at this facility for many years. Who knows how many are out there who didn't want to post anything on this site? According to a source who sent me an e-mail, prior to 1964 the Kendall Children's Home was run by an order of Catholic Brothers. Dade County operated it from some point in 1964 onward and unfortunately they enjoy a sovereign immunity cap that limits or totally restricts lawsuits for child abuse. For child abuse cases prior to 1964 the state of Florida has repealed the statute of limitations on Catholic Church abuses. If you were abused at the Kendall Children's Home prior to 1964 you can seek legal counsel of your choice or this lawyer at a law practice that handles such cases:

Jennifer Arbour
Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz
"Sex Abuse & Clergy Abuse Lawyers in Miami, Florida - Representing Victims Nationwide"
North Miami, Florida
305-932-8734

My source says: "By Florida law, this firm can not contact the people who have posted on this website, but I can pass their contact info along. I thought if you could pass it along to those men who posted after me...this might help them AND could get them some kind of restitution and/or no cost therapy (that's what the Church has offered to other victims). If things happened post-1964, then they're out of luck like me. But at least pre-1964, SOMEBODY could be held accountable for what went on there!"


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Pamela Stubock 13-Feb-2013 11:36
Unfortunately, I was one of those kids that was sent to Kendall when I was 15. My crime? smoking cigarettes and skipping school. I was there 4 months in the summer of 1966. I was treated well but was always afraid that I would get beat up by the other girls. It was run on a point system and if you misbehaved you lost a point and that meant you were no closer to going home. So you had to follow the rules. I am 61 now, I have never done drugs, been charged or convicted of any crime. Kendall may have done what it was supposed to do, straighten out wayward kids. But that's is just my experience, I never saw abuse.
Charles Knight 10-Jul-2009 02:18
Even in the sixties we were afraid of being "banished" to Kendall!
Guest 27-Aug-2007 18:45
Mary, Are you kin to Paul Pent, the caretaker of the Deering estate on Key Biscayne? I spent summer vacations on the Cape with Paul, his wife Rosa, and daughter Joan, who married my cousin, Eugene Lytton.....
steve 22-Aug-2007 01:14
Can i rember how many times i was threatened with ( if you don't straighten up you'll be sent to KENDALL!!)..............LOL
jenna 14-Jun-2007 05:19
true, many of the kids at kendall were juvenile deliquents, but there were also many children who were there because their parents were unable to care for them...my younger brother and i were there for 6 years from 1960-1966...i was 6 years old, my brother 5....there were over a 100 kids there that were dependants, not deliquents...the dependant kid section of kendall was actually ok..on a few occasions during that 6 years we were were placed in foster homes and the foster homes were much scarier than KENDALL....
Mary E. Pent - guest 10-Jun-2007 19:29
My family moved to Miami from Key West in Jan. 1933. I was 6 yrs. old. I remember Kendall, oh yes. We kids were in fear that if we misbehaved, we would be sent to Kendall, where all the bad kids went. I attended Silver Bluff Elementary and Shenandoah Jr. High. My name is Mary Oliveros Pent. I lived in Miami 40 years. Moved to Naples in 1972. If any of my old school chums are out there, please e-mail me. mepent@tnni.net . I also went to Comstock Elementary in the NW section. in the 4th grade. I have really enjoyed reading about all these old places. Takes a lot of time, but well worth it. A trip back in time.