Children's Home ministers to children, youth, families - Word&Way

Children’s Home ministers to children, youth, families

The Missouri Baptist Children's Home provides services to care for troubled children and youth and to help stabilize at-risk families.

The Spiritual Life Center on the Missouri Baptist Children's Home Bridgeton campus is a center of activity and a reminder of the ministry's purpose — to show God's love to children, youth and families and to bring them to Christ. (MBCH photo)

The majority of services typically associated with the Children's Home is provided through MBCH Children and Family Ministries (MBCH CFM). In 2010 MBCH CFM delivered 249, 986 days of service (one consumer for one day). Approximately 90 percent of all MBCH CFM ministry was provided in communities rather than on a residential campus.

One of the fastest growing ministries is the pregnancy services program that provides care to young women facing unplanned pregnancies.

In 2010, 160 young women who were facing unplanned pregnancies received the supportive services they needed to make good decisions for themselves and their babies. This includes 36 women in three maternity homes on the Lowe-Frillman Campus in Bridgeton and 124 individuals in community-based services. Ninety-nine babies were born to the girls in the pregnancy services program in 2010.

The foster care ministry also continues to serve more children and youth than any other children and family ministry. In 2010, 98 children were in therapeutic family foster homes, while 411 children and teenagers were in the family foster care program.

During 2010, MBCH served 73 children in therapeutic group homes — the "traditional" residential services program provided on campuses in Bridgeton, Peculiar and Mt. Vernon. The transitional living program provided 36 girls with assistance in become independent adults.

The family reunification services program offers hope to families and assisted with successful reunification of children in 26 families in 2010. Intensive in-home services provide preventive care to at-risk families. This program ministered to 71 families in 2010. Developmental disabilities services in Country Haven Home on the Byrne Campus in Peculiar served eight special men and women.

There were 26 professions of faith among children and youth served at MBCH and the seeds of God's love were planted in the hearts of hundreds more. This is possible only because of the support given by prayer partners and financial partners.