Providing Hope and Restoration
For 130 years Missouri Baptist Children’s Home has served God by offering Hope and Restoration to children and families who desperately need both. Through our affiliate corporations, MBCH provides a variety of residential and community-based services throughout the state of Missouri.
As you explore all that Missouri Baptist Children’s Home has to offer, we invite you to look for ways that you can become a partner in providing Hope and Restoration to children and families who are hurting.
Thoughts from the President
By: Russ Martin
Making a Difference (posted 12/03/2018)
Do you every wonder if you are making a positive difference in the world? Do you ever ask yourself why did God put me here? I expect most of us go through a time or two in our lives when we ask ourselves one or both of these questions. Let me assure you that you are making a difference. As you pray for the ministries of MBCH and as you provide financial support, you are touching the lives of many for the cause of Christ. Let me illustrate.
Following are some statistics on the lives that were being touched at the end of November through the various ministries of MBCH and The LIGHT House:
Number of children in residential beds: 81
Number of children in treatment foster homes: 82
Number of children being served in family foster care: 251
Number of pregnancy services in-home clients: 97
Number of clients enrolled in outreach program (not counting those in residential services): 42
Number of licensed foster homes being maintained (including relative homes): 308
Number of home studies in process: 290
Total number: 1,151
And this does not include the family members of the clients whose lives were also being touched.
As we enter this Christmas season, let each one thank our God for the gift of His Son and for the opportunity He has given us to minister to the least of these in His name. Thank you making a difference!
Foster Care in MO (posted 10/15/2018)
Recent data as compiled by The Chronicle of Social Change and found on the website www.fostercarecapacity.com reveal the following:
1. Missouri has 13,678 youth in care (an 11% from 2016 and a 41% increase from 2012)
2. The number of non-relative homes grew from 1,971 in 2012 to 2,781 in 2017 (a 41% increase)
3. Tbe number of foster youth living with relatives increased from 1,640 in 2012 to 3,490 in 2016 (a 113% increase)
4. The number of foster youth living in congregate care grew from 5% in 2012 to 8% in 2016 (an increase of 60%; with the national average being 11% in congregate care).
There are other statistics on the website that you may find of interest.
There continues to be a need for families to open their homes to foster children. For information on being a foster parent, call us at 1-800-264-6224. Make a difference in the life of a child--become a foster parent!
Grateful for Permanencies (posted 10/03/2018)
I am very pleased to report that during the third quarter of this year, MBCH participated in 60 children moving to permanency, broken down as follows:
Reunifications - 29
Guardianships - 8
Adoptions - 23
For the year to date (through September 30) we have had 131 children reach permanency. We are grateful for these children to have the opportunity to experience a sense of normalcy in their lives and to have a permanent living arrangement.
Thank you for your prayers, financial support, and other participation to make this possible.
Lives ae being changed! Hope and restoration is being experienced!