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We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of foster children in the Merrimack Valley including all of Greater Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, Andover, and North Andover. With hundreds of foster children in our local area, they need role models who can make a difference in their lives.


Through the efforts of the organization, together with our community, our goal is to bring a positive influence into the lives of these children and support them as they grow. We offer a range of programs for local foster children of all ages. We work closely with the Department of Children and Families (DCF, formerly DSS) to make sure our programs are complementary and needed, and do not overlap with state and federally funded programs.

Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley Brochure

Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley Board of Directors

Larry F. Giordano, President 
Danielle Giordano, Vice President
Bryan Gosselin, Treasurer

Erin Blanchard, Recording Secretary

Karen Dill

Mairsele Cintron Esperance

Matt Fitzgerad

Eileen F. Giordano

Brad Gosselin

Frank Graziano, CPA

Peter Kish

April Lyskowsky, Esq.

Robin McConnell

Rosalee Mohika

William Pitocchelli

Sarah Rastello

Christina St. Onge

Susanne Spitale

Arlene Willette

Rep. Linda Dean Campbell 
Senator Diana DiZoglio

Honorable Mark Newman 

Doreen Hatch


The Median Age of
the American Foster Child

is 8.2 Years

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About the Founder, Larry Giordano

Larry Giordano is the President and Founder of Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., which reaches out and supports the growing needs of foster children in the Merrimack Valley region.


Larry was raised as a foster child, is a recognized leader in the Merrimack Valley with an exceptional resume of community service.

He was abandoned by his mother in a Springfield hotel when he was five days old. He lived in a foster home until he was 17, at which time he entered the US Air Force. His years in foster care shaped the man Larry Gagnon became and as a tribute to his foster mother, he took her surname Giordano and became Larry Giordano. Due to his experience as a foster child, he knows the value of community support and aims to help the foster children in the Merrimack Valley grow up and get the help they need to be successful. In previous years, Larry served as City Councilor, Commissioner of Public Safety, Methuen State Representative and Methuen Police Officer. Larry, along with his sons Lonnie and Stephen own and operate the Methuen Karate Association.

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