MBCH Children and Family Ministries

Today's Ministries

Residential Services

The ministry that has traditionally been most associated with MBCH is campus-based residential care. Those programs have grown from providing care in “cottages” to therapeutic group homes, maternity homes, housing for teens transitioning from foster care, a safe home for victims of human trafficking and a group home for developmentally disabled adults.

Fifty years ago, residential programs were the primary ministries of the agency and served a total of 172 clients. In 2016, those programs served 412 children and youth and an additional 155 families.

Community Based Services

MBCH Children and Family Ministries now serves more children, youth and families in the community rather than in residential facilities. Using community based services we can care for more children since we don’t have to build, maintain and staff houses on a campus. We believe that since God ordained the family as the primary source for nurture, growth and support, children are better cared for in families than in institutions.

Community based services include family preservation services which are designed to help dysfunctional families remove barriers to success and reunite children who were previously in out-of-home placements.

In-home Pregnancy Services provide prenatal care, medical services, job skills, educational skills, birth classes, counseling and parenting support training.

The largest area of ministry is foster/adoptive/kinship provider programs.

Family Foster Care provides case management services for children in state custody. Treatment Foster Care serves children and youth who have experienced trauma due to abuse/neglect. This is a specialized form of foster care offering children a step-down from residential care and many times an alternative to residential care.

Family Resource Development Services helps facilitate placements for children in state custody. This program recruits and trains foster parents and relatives or kinship providers and helps facilitate private adoptive placements.

In 2016, 893 children and youth and 1,242 families were served in community based services. Fifty years ago foster/adoptive services were provided to 136 children and families.

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Leadership

2017 MBCH PDI Leadership

Administration President and TreasurerMr. Russell Martin MBA, CFP® Vice PresidentRev. Lance Long Board of Trustees Chairman of the BoardMr. Russell Martin, St. Charles Recording SecretaryMrs. Betty Cox, Cape Girardeau Rev. Mark Albee, HannibalProfessor Jack Kirkland, St. LouisRev. Lance Long, St. Louis

Leadership

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 ServicesJohn Jost Accounting ManagerMr. Rich Haacke Board of Trustees Chairman of the BoardDr. William A. Vail, Poplar Bluff Vice Chairman of the BoardRev....

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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Adoption

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...

Services

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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