The Children's Aid Society is registered under the Societies Act. An Executive Committee is formed from among its members, and this is the governing body for the operations of the Home. The Society operates the Melrose Home for children who require residential care.
The Children's Aid Society is probably one of the oldest philanthropic organisations in Singapore, having been formed in the late 1800's as the St Nicholas Home. Its present name was established in 1902. The Society celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2002.