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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Prayer Helped Olivia Find Her Way and Changed Her Heart

Olivia moved into one of our Treatment Foster Care homes not believing in God. She struggled to get along with pretty much everyone else in her life. MBCH staff met with the family and prayed with them to find the best way forward for Olivia. ... [more]

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Making a Lasting Difference in the Lives of Human Trafficking Survivors

Sometimes we wonder if we are making a difference at all in the lives of the adults of our human trafficking rescue program. Then we talk to some of our clients who have graduated from our program, and we see the importance of this ministry. ... [more]

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Our Donors Helped a Single Mother of Three

Sandra is a single mother of three children, the youngest only 5 months of age. She reached out to for help just one month prior to giving birth. Upon meeting her, she was homeless- living out of her vehicle and bathing wherever she could. ... [more]

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A Loving Relationship Can Heal Trauma

Our staff is always learning new ways to serve the children in our care. In the last year, staff has learned a lot about how trauma affects the brain and how that impacts behavior. ... [more]

In the News

Julie Ball Attains SRAS Certification

By: Russell Martin, President
The LIGHT House

I am very pleased to announce that Julie Ball, vice president of The LIGHT House, recently fulfilled all the requirements and earned the designation of Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist.  We are very proud of Julie for her commitment to professional growth and for the attainment of this recognition.   The knowledge ... [more]

How Well Do You Know Missouri Baptist Children's Home?

By: Derald L. Harris, Vice President, Public Relations
Missouri Baptist Children's Home

For more than 130 years, Missouri Baptist Children’s Home (MBCH) has been “serving God by responding to the needs of children, youth and families.” Most Missouri Baptists would say that they are familiar with MBCH. Many would say that they support the Children’s Home and pray for the children and ... [more]

A Time to Celebrate Foster Families

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

Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity for people all across the nation to focus attention on the year-round needs of American children and youth in foster care.On any given day there are more than 400,000 children in foster care nation-wide. If you were able to bring together ... [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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2019 Apple Festival

The 2019 Festival will be the 36th and final Apple conducted solely by MBCH. This year we will celebrate the history of the Festival along with volunteers who have made it possible for the Festival to exist for the last 35 years.

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Tax Credits

Donors have always loved the idea of matching grants. These occur when a foundation pledges to match gifts a donor makes to our agency. Missouri's Tax Credit Program has the effect of matching gifts donors make to the Children's Home.

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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.