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

You Made a Difference for Children and Families in 2017

Missouri Baptist Children’s Home through MBCH Children and Family Ministries and The LIGHT House offers Hope and Restoration to thousands of children, youth and families around Missouri. We are blessed to have some of the most qualified and dedicated staff who provide those ministries. They could not, however, impact the lives of children without YOU.

Every time you prayed for our children and staff…every time you made a gift…every time you attended one of our events…every time you thought about MBCH…every time you shared an MBCH Facebook post…every time you mentioned MBCH to someone else…YOU made a lasting difference in the lives of children, youth and families.

Because of YOU, MBCH showed God’s love and offered hope to 41 girls and young women who were rescued from human trafficking.

Because of YOU, more than 120 babies were born who might have been aborted without the pregnancy services ministries of MBCH and The LIGHT House.

Because of YOU, 9 families were restored through our family reunification ministry.

Because of YOU, 395 children in foster care had Christian case managers who believe this is their mission field.

Because of YOU, 42 families were trained and licensed to become foster parents.

Because of YOU, children in Therapeutic Group Homes and Treatment Foster Care could experience a wonderful summer camp.

Because of YOU, 57 older teenagers were able to transition from foster care to independent living.

Because of YOU, 14 developmentally disabled adults received love and care.

Because of YOU, hundreds of children experienced a Christmas they will never forget – not just because of the presents you provided for them, but because they learned the true meaning of Christmas.

Because of YOU, 208 children now have “forever” homes.

And Because of YOU, 8 children in residential ministries (and numerous others in foster care) came to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Thank you for loving God enough to provide opportunities for Hope and Restoration to hurting children, youth and families at Missouri Baptist Children’s Home. You helped make a difference in their lives in 2017. We encourage you to continue to partner with us to impact even more lives in 2018. Will you commit to pray for the children and staff of MBCH every day?

The Branches at Brookline (posted 12/19/2017)

I am very pleased to announce that the merger of Southwest Special Care Homes into MBCH Children and Family Ministries, an affiliate of Missouri Baptist Children's Home, has now been completed.  We have received a Certificate of Merger from the Secretary of State showing an effective date of November 30, 2017.

What does this mean?  It means that the group home for developmentally disabled adults known as The Branches at Brookline joins Country Haven, a group home for the same population, which has been operated for many years by MBCH on the Byrne Campus.

We had partnered with the board of Southwest Special Care Homes in various ways as it developed the campus near Republic and we applaud the efforts of the board members and the donors who made this ministry possible.  The Branches is a phenomenal program and we are excited to have it become part of us and for us to work together to build on the strong foundation already in place.

Donors to Southwest Special Care Homes who wish to designate future gifts for The Branches may make their gifts payable to MBCH Children and Fmily Ministries and indicate The Branches on the memo line of the check or send a note along with the gift indicating the donor's desires.  Gifts should be sent to MBCH Children and Family Ministries, 11300 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO  63044.  Gifts can also be made online on our website (

Thanks to all who made this ministry possible.  We especially want to recognize Debbie Dent who chaired the board of Southwest Special Care Homes and worked tirelessly to make The Branches  a reality.  We pledge to operate this ministry in a way that will bring glory and honor to our Lord.



The Greatest Gift (posted 12/18/2017)

I am blessed to be part of a great Bible study group at my church (First Baptist Church St Charles).  I trust you have found a place to study God's Word as well as to be encouraged by the fellowship with fellow believers.

I expect most of us have been asked at one time or another, "What did you get for Christmas?"  In our class on Sunday, December 17, Bev Hunt, one of our members, reminded us that we needed to answer this question by saying "Jesus."  Too often, we think of a gift someone may have given us and even though it may be special, it does not come anywhere close to the gift God gave us when He gave us His Son.  Bev, thank you for reminding us why we celebrate Christmas and the tremendous gift we received.

May each of us experience the joy of having Jesus as our Lord and Savior this Christmas.  Thank you for your partnership in our ministry as we share the good news with children, youth, and families across Missouri. 

May you and yours have a most joyous Christmas season because of Him who came and gave Himself for us.

Merry Christmas!

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Annual Report

2016 IRS 990 Forms

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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 an adoptive home is found. Family Foster Care Parents provide care for...

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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