MBCH Children and Family Ministries
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.
Testimony from a Treatment Foster Care Family
“It is one of the most rewarding experiences of our life to witness and be a part of a deeply troubled young person’s journey from inward turmoil to peace. Being able to be God’s Love towards these precious children is an honor we do not take lightly. We personally commit to these children for their lives whether they are with us short term or long term. They will always be our kids in our hearts. This journey has been hard yet beautiful – heart wrenching yet heartwarming. It grows you in ways you could never imagine. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
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.