Children’s Homes

Every children’s home, orphanage and residential treatment program for children longs for the same thing: that its services were not needed.

Children are reared best in their own homes. And while the whole field of residential child care is continuously evaluating itself and its reason for existence, throughout history there have been people who have organized and banded together to care for children who could not care for themselves.

I appreciate the work done by a good children’s home or orphanage. Staff who make a career out of residential childcare do so because they find their calling in it. They are driven by their love for others.

I’ve worked for Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home for more than twenty years. Compared to most people, I have a unique perspective on residential child care. I also serve as an accreditation team leader and an EAGLE Accreditation Commissioner. This allows me to visit, explore and learn from other children’s homes.

Louisiana Methodist Orphanage in Bunkie, Louisiana, circa 1902-1904

First home of Louisiana Methodist Orphanage in Bunkie, Louisiana

I’ve studied different aspects of care and have presented the information (The Death of Children in Residential Care) at national conventions. I love children’s homes. I enjoy reading their mission statements because they remind me that people do care for others. I like to discover how an agency’s mission is pursued in their environment. And I love to read the histories of child care agencies.

I doubt you’ll ever be able purchase stock or invest in a public corporation whose product is providing holistic care for children. There’s no financial profit in it to attract investors seeking a financial return.

What you will find, though, are children’s homes and orphanages around the world which invest daily and deeply in the lives of children and adolescents (and their families in many cases) without an eye toward financial return.

Children’s Homes

Alabama

United Methodist Residential Alternatives, Inc. UMC
Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes SBC
The United Methodist Children’s Home of Alabama and West Florida UMC

Alaska

Alaska Children’s Services UMC

Arizona

TMM Family Services UMC

Arkansas

Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries SBC
Methodist Family Health UMC

California

David & Margaret Home UMC
Fred Finch Youth Center UMC

Colorado

Warren Village UMC

Florida

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries SBC
The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home UMC

Georgia

Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers UMC
Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries SBC
The United Methodist Children’s Home UMC
The Methodist Home for Children UMC
The Vashti Center UMC

Illinois

ChildServ UMC
Methodist Youth Services UMC
United Methodist Children’s Home UMC
The Baby Fold UMC
Chaddock UMC
Rosecrance Health Network UMC
Cunningham Children’s Home UMC

Indiana

Bashor Children’s Home UMC
Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home UMC

Iowa

Hillcrest Family Services UMC

Kansas

United Methodist Youthville UMC

Kentucky

Sunrise Children’s Services SBC
Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth UMC

Louisiana

MacDonell United Methodist Children’s Services, Inc. UMC
Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home SBC
Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home UMC
The Methodist Home for Children UMC

Maryland

Board of Child Care UMC

Mississippi

Methodist Children’s Home UMC
Baddour Center UMC

Missouri

Spofford Home UMC
Missouri Baptist Children’s Homes SBC
Epworth Children & Family Services UMC

Montana

Intermountain Children’s Home & Services UMC

Nebraska

Epworth Village UMC

New York

Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference UMC
Gateway-Longview, Inc. UMC

North Carolina

Methodist Home for Children, Inc. UMC
North Carolina Baptist Homes for Children SBC
The Children’s Home, Inc. UMC

Ohio

Berea Children’s Home & Family Services UMC
United Methodist Children’s Home UMC
Flat Rock Homes & Care Center UMC

Oklahoma

Circle of Care, Inc. UMC
Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children SBC

Pennsylvania

United Methodist Home for Children, Inc. UMC
Methodist Services for Children and Families UMC
Methodist Family Services of Philadelphia UMC
Ward Home for Children UMC
The Bradley Center, Inc. UMC
Ruth M. Smith Center UMC

South Carolina

Connie Maxwell Children’s Homes SBC
Epworth Children’s Home UMC

Tennessee

Holston United Methodist Home for Children UMC
Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home SBC
Emerald Youth Foundation UMC
Hannah’s Hope UMC
Miriam’s Promise UMC

Texas

Aldersgate Enrichment Center UMC
Buckner Baptist Benevolences SBC
Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home
Texas Baptist Children’s Home SBC
Methodist Children’s Home UMC

Virginia

United Methodist Family Services of Virginia UMC

Washington

Deaconess Children’s Services UMC

West Virginia

Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Inc. UMC

Outside the United States

Singapore

Chen Su Lan Methodist Childrens Home

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