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
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!
Camp Testimony (posted 08/21/2018)
In a previous blog posting I expressed appreciation for those who made our summer camp a reality. It is lots of work and sometimes a person may wonder if it is worthwhile and really makes a difference. Let me share one story that I think will let us know the work is definitely worth it. This was shared with me by one of our residential specialists.
"It was on Friday morning as the campers were packing up their belongings into their vehicles to head back gto the campuses. One of the young men approached me and began talking with me. I asked this camper if he had fun at camp. He responded with "Yeah, I almost forgot I was in placement."
The worker went on to relate that this was the best response she had ever gotten from a camper in the six years she has worked in camp.
Our children do not have "normal" lives and for this one young man to have a sense of "normalcy" for a fee days makes the work all worthwhile.
Thank you for supporting our camp and other programs with your prayers, your finances, and your time commitments. We thank God for you!
Truly, together we are making a lasting difference in the lives of children, youth, and families.
Permanencies (posted 08/14/2018)
I am very pleased to report that during the second quarter of 2018, MBCH through MBCH Children and Family Ministries and The LIGHT House participated in 41 children and youth reaching permanency. 15 of those were through reunifications with family, 5 through guardianships, and 21 through adoptions. That makes a total of 71 for the year.
We are privileged and humbled to have had a part in helping these children and youth and their families to be reunified or to help in locating another forever home.
Your prayers and financial support make this possible. Thank you for joining hands with us in this important ministry to children, youth, and families.
Summer Camp and Retreat (posted 08/14/2018)
MBCH hosted its summer camp for children and youth in our therapeutic group homes and treatment foster care programs and a retreat for the clients in our pregnancy services program the end of July and early August. Both events were very successful and we want to thank you for your prayers and for your financial support of these two important events.
Leadership of both indicated the Holy Spirit was at work and that we are aware of eleven professions of faith at camp and two at the retreat. We thank our Lord for these lives that have been changed for eternity.
The camp and retreat was staffed by staff, board members, and volunteers. Their participation was critical.
Again, thank you to those who prayed, those who gave, and those who worked. We appreciate you all.