Two Boston-area childrens’ services agencies merge

Two longtime Boston-area nonprofits that help children and families are merging to create a 2,000-person agency with $115 million in annual revenue.

Under the deal, the 138-year-old Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children will become part of Eliot Community Human Services of Lexington. Together, the two will provide a range of care from home visits and mental health services for victims of abuse to residential services for youth.

“When we look at the changing landscape in health care, it’s really clear that scale matters,’’ said Mary McGeown, executive director of MSPCC. She said that combined, the agencies will be able to offer more care and expanded career paths for employees, and save money on administration.


“I think more people should be doing this,’’ said McGeown, noting that hundreds of nonprofits across Boston compete to raise funds.

Steve Pagliuca, longtime chair of the MSPCC board of directors who is also a Bain Capital executive and co-owner of the Boston Celtics, said, “Merging these two strong agencies will ultimately further their collective mission and benefit clients,’’ as well as broaden their impact.

Kate Markarian, chief executive of Eliot, will lead the combined agencies. However, MSPCC will retain its name, as a unit of the combined entity, and continue its work advocating for children and families, she said.

She predicted there would be no layoffs resulting from the merger; MSPCC has about 200 staff members, while Eliot is larger, with about 1,800.

“The two of us are stronger together,’’ McGeown said.

Beth Healy can be reached at beth.healy@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @HealyBeth.