Providing Hope and Restoration
For 130 years Missouri Baptist Children’s Home has served God by offering Hope and Restoration to children and families who desperately need both. Through our affiliate corporations, MBCH provides a variety of residential and community-based services throughout the state of Missouri.
As you explore all that Missouri Baptist Children’s Home has to offer, we invite you to look for ways that you can become a partner in providing Hope and Restoration to children and families who are hurting.
Thoughts from the President
By: Russ Martin
Accreditation (posted 05/08/2018)
In addition to being licensed by the state of Missouri, MBCH has also been accredited by the Council on Accreditation since 1977. Accreditation is a four-year cycle and we just completed our site visit following our submission of our self-study to the Council. The site visit is conducted by a team of reviewers who spend time at the organization revieiwng records and interviewing staff, clients, board members, and other stakeholders.
While we do not yet have notification of our accreditation being continued, the deficiencies noted were very minor and we have submitted documentation to respond to them.
I want to share some of the comments that were made by the team members as they concluded their on-site review.
1. MBCH is mission driven.
2. Staff is passionate about the mission.
3. Staff wants to build relationships with clients and provide the best possible services.
4. Agency provides a wide diversity of services.
5. Agency is committed to becoming trauma-informed.
6. Strong focus on permanency for children.
7. Board is strategic driven and committed to mission.
One reviewer stated that she tries to find one word to describe each organization she reviews and her word for MBCH is "faith."
We are very pleased that our commitment to our Lord and to His children was very evident to the reviewers who visited us.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support as we join hands in serving God by responding to the needs of children, youth, and families to make a lasting difference in their lives.
Human Trafficking (posted 03/20/2018)
On March 19, MBCH hosted Detective Keaton Strong, an investigator with the Human Trafficking Task Force in the office of the Missouri Attorney General. He shared with us his work in combatting this evil that is all around us. He shared with us how traffickers think and work and how they groom their victims.
We need to always be on the alert to protect our children and young people. Traffickers work in very subtle ways to groom victims and this may happen right in front of us, without us really recognizing it or by overlooking it by making excuses for what we see happening.
Some of the grooming warning signs include:
1. seeking relationships with children that are more than the average adult
2. giving gifts, taking them on trips, telling them how pretty they are
3. gradually showing more and more physical affection towards a child
4. isolating the child from family
5. pressuring the child to keep secrets from family
He reminded us to spend time with our children, be observant, and, if we see something that just does not seem or feel right, take action.
You will find additional information in some videos on our website and I would encourage you to check them out.
You have heard it said, "If you see something, say something." Let's be involved in the lives of our children.