Baptist Children’s Home began 1918 in response to a need in Illinois. The great Spanish flu epidemic had stuck our country immediately at the end of WW1. These two events combined left a great number of children who were orphaned and in need of care. As a result, the Baptist Children’s Home stepped in to care for the most vulnerable in our state. Through the years, the Children’s Home’s ministry has evolved in response to the needs of children and families. No longer a need to care for orphans, the mission changed to focus on the dependent, neglected and/or abused children.
In 1995, our name changed to Baptist Children’s Home & Family Services (BCHFS) to better reflect that we are more family-focused in our work. BCHFS is a multi-faceted family crisis center in Southern Illinois consisting of five ministries that work together to protect, heal and restore struggling children and families.
- Angels’ Cove Maternity Center
- Baptist Children’s Home Residential Services
- Faith Adoption Ministry
- GraceHaven Pregnancy Resource Clinic
- Pathways Counseling
Today, we find ourselves in the midst of another worldwide pandemic and BCHFS is still here. Whether it is helping teens in crisis, young women with unplanned pregnancies, or providing Christian counseling services – BCHFS has been helping those who need it most reach their full potential.