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!

Merry Christmas!


Foster Care in MO (posted 10/15/2018)

Recent data as compiled by The Chronicle of Social Change and found on the website 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!

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Annual Report

2017 IRS 990 Forms

The following tax forms are provided for public viewing. Missouri Baptist Children's Home MBCH Children and Family Ministries MBCH Foundation MBCH Properties The LIGHT House

Annual Report

Annual Report 2017

This full color PDF version of the Annual Report contains client testimonials, colorful infographics for the last physcal year and much more!Annual Report 2017


2017 Missouri Baptist Children's Home Leadership

Administration President and TreasurerMr. Russell L. Martin MBA, CFP® President EmeritusDr. Raymond R. Kenison Vice President, Public RelationsRev. Derald L. Harris M.A. Human Resources DirectorMr. Tim Toma Spiritual Life DirectorRev. George Fulgham Director of Web Development and Computer ServicesMr. John Jost Accounting Services DirectorMr. Andy Helton Board of Trustees Chairman of the BoardDr. Greg Morrow, California Vice Chairman of the BoardMr....

Our Ministry Locations

Find Us Around the State

Missouri Baptist Children's Home provides ministries of Hope and Restoration throughout the state of Missouri through regional campuses in Bridgeton, Mt. Vernon, and Peculiar. Regional offices are maintained in Bridgeton, Jefferson City, Joplin, Kansas City and Springfield to provide the support needed by hundreds of foster families and children. Volunteers are always welcome...

Who We Are

The Story of Us

Missouri Baptist Children's Home was founded upon a dream of Mrs. Joseph B. Thompson in 1882. Mrs. Thompson saw a vital need in the rapidly developing city of St. Louis, for a place to house orphaned children and infants when they had no place to go.A member of the Ladies' Sewing...
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Children Available for Adoption

There are hundreds of foster children in Missouri who are waiting for a forever family. The photos listed on this page are some of those whose care is managed by MBCH Children and Family Ministries. For more information about the children listed as available on this website, please contact our INTAKE...

Foster Care

There Are Many Types of Foster Care

Foster Care provides a temporary home for children who are unable to live in their biological parent's home. Foster parents provide a safe home and place for children to heal until they are either reunited with their birth family or a relative or adoptive home is found. Family Foster Care Parents provide...

Foster Care

Transitional Living Program

With little or no family support system, young people who are aging out of the foster care system are at significant risk of failing to become independent, successful adults. The MBCH Children and Family Ministries Transitional Living Program (TLP) provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 16-21 to...

Human Trafficking Rescue

MBCH Provides support for those trapped in Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking profits from enslaving people for sexual servitude and forced labor world-wide.  Consider the following statistics: There are 100,000 to 300,000 underage girls being sold for sex in America. The average age of American victims is 12-14 years old. 1 out of every 3 teens on the street will be lured toward prostitution...

Informational Meetings

Christian Foster Homes Needed in Missouri

MBCH Children and Family Ministries unique ministry is to provide Christian foster parents for children who have been abused and neglected.  Christian foster parents have a wonderful opportunity to share their homes, their lives, and the love of Christ with foster children and their families.  Our mission is to make a...


Support For Unplanned Pregnancy

If you or someone you know has just learned of an unplanned pregnancy, there may be feelings of fear, confusion and concern about the future.Having a baby can be stressful, even in the best of circumstances. An untimely pregnancy affects the individual in every aspect of life.At MBCH Children and Family...
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Planned Giving

Christian Stewardship Seminars

MBCH Foundation staff conduct Christian Stewardship Seminars for churches, community and/or civic groups. The seminar is presented at no cost or obligation to the organization or individuals who attend. These seminars focus on basic principles of Christian stewardship as well as ways to plan your estate so you can 1) increase your current income,...

Planned Giving

Planned Giving Opportunities

You can include Missouri Baptist Children's Home in the final distribution of your estate to help the hurting and abused children in our care. In this way, your life continues to have a positive influence long after your in Heaven! Future generations of children, youth and families will benefit from the compassion and generosity of...

Show Your Support

Campus Needs

Countless churches, mission groups and organizations have collected needed items to benefit the children served by the programs of MBCH Children and Family Ministries. Individuals also routinely donate items directly to the Children’s Home. In order to facilitate the collection and distribution of the needed items, MBCH has established the "Campus Store"...
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Adoption Program

Full Service Adoption

The LIGHT House is a full service adoption agency licensed in the State of Missouri.  Since 1985, our experienced staff has facilitated hundreds of successful adoptions.  We help connect expectant mothers, who will be delivering or have delivered their babies in Missouri, with prospective Christian adoptive families who may live throughout...

Maternity Home

The LIGHT House Maternity Home

For young pregnant ladies aged 12 - 21 who need a safe place to stay while pregnant, we offer full residential services. All residential services are provided free of charge. The residential services are provided in a wonderful large home that is clean, beautifully furnished, and private. Our staff provides a loving...

Ways You Can Support Our Ministry

The LIGHT House Needs Your Financial Support

The LIGHT House is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.The Light House has been providing services to the Kansas City area since 1985. We have been blessed in the recent years with your gifts of service and resources. We cannot operate...

Ways You Can Support Our Ministry

You Can Be the Hands and Feet Through Volunteer Opportunities

We view our volunteers as an extension of our staff. Because of this, we ask volunteers to go through a process similar to that of new employees. We ask that you complete an application, which includes references, complete a background check, and go through an orientation process. The information needed is...
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Speakers & Leadership

Speakers and Leadership

SpeakersWe have a list of excellent women’s ministry speakers that are ready to come to your church, and they’re all from right here in Missouri. Take a look at the list of speakers to find the right speaker for your next women’s ministry event.Download a List of SpeakersLeadershipView a State District...
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