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.
Kevin is a 16 year old boy with blond hair and blue eyes. He has been in foster care for eight years. He is spunky, outgoing, and full of energy. He is friendly with others. He loves music and loves to sing and dance... ... [more]
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]
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]
Are you aware that more than 90% of our ministries are provided in “community-based” programs rather than on a residential campus? I know that can be difficult to understand because it is so easy to think of “The Children’s Home” being our campus in Bridgeton – or Peculiar or Mount ... [more]
The Psalmist wrote “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Children are a precious gift from our God; second only to His gift of His Son, Jesus. We are to cherish and nurture them. Not only those who are born, but those who ... [more]
An article in the October 25, 2019, issue of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the number of children in the U. S. foster care system has dropped for the first time since 2012. The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services counted 437,283 children in foster care ... [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]
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.[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 2018, 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.