Missouri Baptist Children’s Home and its affiliates are making a lasting difference in the lives of children, youth and families. Here are some recent stories of how MBCH is providing hope, healing and restoration to kids who are hurting and broken.
Fostering is very difficult. One of our single foster parents became overwhelmed with the behaviors of the children she fostered and was drained of her ability to care for own well-being while during that time. ... [more]
We can help! MBCH and REHOPE (formerly the Restoration House of Greater Kansas City) partner together to provide human trafficking rescue services at the Mabee House, a group home for minor girls who have experienced sexual traf ... [more]
New officers of the MBCH Board of Trustees were elected at the October Board meeting. Pictured are... ... [more]
MBCH offers missionary/ministry opportunities statewide to impact children’s lives for eternity by joining our employment team. Our live-in and shift positions come with a sign-on bonus! One of our staff openings m ... [more]
Board Prepares Transitional Timeline and Will Soon Search For Successor Monday, March 20, 2023 — Russell Martin has announced his intention to retire from the role of President and Treasurer of the Missouri Baptist Children's Home, effective mid-year 2024. Martin will provide continued leadership and support throughout a time of transition ... [more]
5am, January 28, 2023 - Sac River Mountain Bike Trails - Springfield, MO Trail runners and volunteers began arriving well before dawn for Missouri Baptist Children’s Home’s first-ever The Bleak Midwinter endurance run. Inspired by a passionate family of MBCH supporters and bolstered by a new Springfield-area trail running club, this ... [more]
At their first meeting of 2023, MBCH’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rename the Coleman House to the Martin Youth Center, named after current MBCH President Russell Martin. The board came to this decision as a way of honoring President Martin’s passion for this project. “If you ask Russell (Martin) ... [more]
We provide you with baby bottles which you then distribute to the image, baby bottle families or groups in your church.[more]
Curious about our Regional Representatives and the ministries that they speak about on behalf of Missouri Baptist Children's Home? Here's an informative video about why you should invite a Regional Representative to speak at your church today[more]
Donors have always loved the idea of matching grants. These occur when a foundation pledges to match gifts a donor makes to our agency. Missouri's Tax Credit Program has the effect of matching gifts donors make to the Children's Home.[more]
It depends on where you live. You can call our 1-800 number and we would be happy to discuss with you whether we can train you and manage your license. If we cannot, we can refer you to an agency who can help you.
Missouri Baptist Children’s Home does not specialize in international adoptions and completing international adoption home studies; however, we can refer you to an agency that does.
People often are confused by the variety of ministries MBCH provides and how we currently take care of children. Many people have the misconception that the number of kids we care for is limited to the number of kids in our residential program on one of our campuses. In reality, the residential program is only a very small percentage of the ministries we provide.
In 2019, the following statistics demonstrate the number of clients we served:
Costs are minimal to foster or adopt a child/youth in state custody. There is no cost to be trained and licensed. Relative providers and foster parents receive a modest monthly stipend to assist in providing care and to provide some assistance with clothing. Adoptive parents are eligible to receive an adoption subsidy that can help with legal costs and other costs. Relative, foster, and adoptive parents do need to be able to add a foster child to their household without it being a financial burden to their family.
We currently do not have offices and/or staff available to cover every county in Missouri, although we are working to expand our ministry footprint. Missouri has privatized certain services in some counties so that also can be a limiting factor for us to serve in those areas efficiently and effectively. Through our church engagement initiative, we will be happy to visit with you to see what options might be available for you to receive foster parent training.
According to the 2018 audited figures of the MBCH family of corporations:
Missouri Baptist Children’s Home was started in the late 1800’s specifically to provide services to orphans – children whose parents had died. Epidemics of the 19th century were faced without the medical advances that were seen in the 20th century, so there were more orphans during that time than there are today. Also, over time it was realized that housing children in facilities was not best practice in many situations. Placing children in normalized living environments like relative homes or foster homes in the community is much more desirable. Research bears out that better outcomes are realized when children are placed with families as opposed to being placed in a residential facility. Having said that, this is not true for all children/youth who need to be placed outside their home; a continuum of services including residential care and community-based care all based on what is best for each child/youth is what Missouri Baptist Children’s Home provides.