Providing Hope, Healing and Restoration

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.

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Sophia is Available for Adoption

Sophia is a cheerful, curious sometimes shy 15yo girl who can’t wait to find her forever family!  She desires a home where she feels safe, where she can be loved and  experience traditions and celebrate milestones... ... [more]

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Freedom

Recently we had an 11-year-old girl come to our Freedom 43:19 Human Trafficking Rescue program. She had gone through several bouts of homelessness. Since coming to Freedom, our staff have been working diligently to help her recapture her childhood ... [more]

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God Will Not Forsake You

Tatyana came to The LIGHT House Maternity Home through the assistance of a local police officer. She had been staying at a temporary homeless shelter but was 21 weeks pregnant with a high-risk pregnancy.... ... [more]

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Walking By Faith

Amanda is a single mother of three children, ages ten, eight, and eight months. Following the birth of her third child she knew she needed a job to sustain the livelihood of her family.... ... [more]

In the News

Alarming Drop in Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Calls

By: Russell Martin, President
Missouri Baptist Children's Home

On March 25, 2020, the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) issued a press release, which stated that since March 11, 2020, DSS has experienced an approximate 50% drop in child abuse and neglect calls.  While the number of calls going down might seem like good news at first glance, ... [more]

Assurance in our Life

By: Russell Martin, President
Missouri Baptist Children's Home

We are now several days into various restrictions and MBCH's responses to those restrictions.  Travel has been severely reduced and we are using the technology at our disposal for visits and meetings. Because of the seriousness of this situaiton and the stress it can place on the staff and the clients ... [more]

Text to Give

By: Russell Martin, President
Missouri Baptist Children's Home

Are you aware that you may now make a donation to Missouri Baptist Children's Home through the texting app on your smart-phone.  Here are the instructions:  1.  Send a text to the number 52014.2.  Type "@mbch and at the prompt enter the dollar amount you want to give.3.  You will receive ... [more]

Get Involved

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You Can Help Provide for the Needs of our Families

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.

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2020 Strawbery Festival

The Strawberry Festival is an annual fundraising/public relations/family fun event that benefits the children of Missouri Baptist Children's Home. Join us for a day of family fun while supporting the children at Missouri Baptist Children's Home. [more]

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Baby Bottle Drive

We provide you with baby bottles which you then distribute to the image, baby bottle families or groups in your church.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 2018, the following statistics demonstrate the number of clients we served:

  • Youth served in Therapeutic Group Homes: 67
  • Clients served through Pregnancy Services: 172
  • Clients served through Transitional Living Programs: 58
  • Clients served through Developmentally Disabled Services: 14
  • Clients served through Human Trafficking Rescue: 25
  • Youth served in Treatment Family Care: 131
  • Youth served in Family Foster Care: 383
  • Families trained and licensed to become Foster Parents: 40
  • Foster/Adoptive Homes maintained: 221
  • Relative/Kinship Homes maintained: 89
  • Home Studies conducted: 666
  • Children who were placed in “Forever Families”: 177

 

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Complete a child abuse/neglect check and criminal record check
  • Be in good health, both physically and mentally
  • Have a stable income
  • Be willing to participate in and complete a free training and assessment process
  • Be part of a professional team willing to voice perspectives and concerns
  • Be willing to partner with the child’s family
  • For MBCH, we require foster parents to be professing Christians and active members of an evangelical church

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:

  • 88% of every dollar goes to “Program Services”
  • 9% of every dollar goes to “Management and General”
  • 3% of every dollar goes to “Fundraising”

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.