Missouri Baptist Children’s Home and its affiliates are making a lasting difference in the lives of children, youth and families. Here are some recent stories of how MBCH is providing hope, healing and restoration to kids who are hurting and broken.
When I first met Anna, I transported her from a psychiatric hospital to a residential facility. During our trip, she opened up about how her mom’s boyfriend did bad things to her and her mom didn’t believe her.... ... [more]
It has been a month of quick changes, more changes, and adjustments, as everyone comes to an acceptance of our new reality.... ... [more]
If we believe there can be a silver lining even in such a tragedy as COVID-19, one of those may be taking more time to be outside and to play more inside and outside.... ... [more]
This has been a challenging year in so many different ways: the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on so much of our lives, the unrests dealing with racial reconciliation and social injustice, and, unfortunately, the expressions of violence and destruction on the part of some. There was a song some ... [more]
In addition to our lives being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the tragic death of George Floyd has brought a sharp focus to the racial inequities and divisions that exist in our land. Individuals are responding in various ways to this most regrettable and sad event. This pandemic of racial inequity ... [more]
We are finishing up a school year that has been disrupted with children and parents having to make adjustments and adapt their lifestyles. No matter what your thinking might be on the rationale for the COVID-19 pandemic, our lives have been impacted. It appears this is going to continue into ... [more]
Countless churches, mission groups and organizations have collected needed items to benefit the children and families served by MBCH Children and Family Ministries. Individuals also routinely donate items directly to the Children’s Home.[more]
Because of health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, we have cancelled the Strawberry Festival.[more]
We provide you with baby bottles which you then distribute to the image, baby bottle families or groups in your church.[more]
It depends on where you live. You can call our 1-800 number and we would be happy to discuss with you whether we can train you and manage your license. If we cannot, we can refer you to an agency who can help you.
Missouri Baptist Children’s Home does not specialize in international adoptions and completing international adoption home studies; however, we can refer you to an agency that does.
People often are confused by the variety of ministries MBCH provides and how we currently take care of children. Many people have the misconception that the number of kids we care for is limited to the number of kids in our residential program on one of our campuses. In reality, the residential program is only a very small percentage of the ministries we provide.
In 2019, the following statistics demonstrate the number of clients we served:
Costs are minimal to foster or adopt a child/youth in state custody. There is no cost to be trained and licensed. Relative providers and foster parents receive a modest monthly stipend to assist in providing care and to provide some assistance with clothing. Adoptive parents are eligible to receive an adoption subsidy that can help with legal costs and other costs. Relative, foster, and adoptive parents do need to be able to add a foster child to their household without it being a financial burden to their family.
We currently do not have offices and/or staff available to cover every county in Missouri, although we are working to expand our ministry footprint. Missouri has privatized certain services in some counties so that also can be a limiting factor for us to serve in those areas efficiently and effectively. Through our church engagement initiative, we will be happy to visit with you to see what options might be available for you to receive foster parent training.
According to the 2018 audited figures of the MBCH family of corporations:
Missouri Baptist Children’s Home was started in the late 1800’s specifically to provide services to orphans – children whose parents had died. Epidemics of the 19th century were faced without the medical advances that were seen in the 20th century, so there were more orphans during that time than there are today. Also, over time it was realized that housing children in facilities was not best practice in many situations. Placing children in normalized living environments like relative homes or foster homes in the community is much more desirable. Research bears out that better outcomes are realized when children are placed with families as opposed to being placed in a residential facility. Having said that, this is not true for all children/youth who need to be placed outside their home; a continuum of services including residential care and community-based care all based on what is best for each child/youth is what Missouri Baptist Children’s Home provides.