United Methodist Children's HomeThe mission of the United Methodist Children’s Home of the North Georgia Conference is to provide redemptive, healing services that bring meaningful change to the lives of children and families. Grounded by scripture and the tradition of the church, we seek to bring the wholeness of God's love to persons through Christ.
The 17- and 18-year-old girls gathered for art therapy in the Studio. Their task tonight was to simply paint how you’re feeling, so Ayana picked up the black paint. Thinking of her three children who were now in foster homes instead of by her side, she swirled the black paint across the bottom half of the page. Dipping her brush in red paint, she drew a stick figure of herself within the blackness. Beside it she wrote “Help me.” Ayana paused and drew a tunnel to the top of the page. Again thinking of her children, she painted a blue sky with clouds. “I feel like I’m at the bottom of a deep hole,” she explained, “but I know there’s a bright future out there, and I know that I can reach it if someone will just help me.”
The United Methodist Children’s Home of the North Georgia Conference helps children, teens and families reach the bright future waiting for them. Since 1871, the United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) has been reaching out to children and families in need throughout the north Georgia area.
Starting with two services — residential care and higher education assistance — the Home’s service network has grown over time. UMCH now serves children, youth, and families through nine programs.
The Children’s Home is a safe haven for abused children and youth. We provide a loving and safe home for children through our four residential programs. Foster Family Care serves children under age 18, including sibling groups, medically fragile children, and parenting teens. Foster families receive extensive training and support from our staff. If the biological parents of a child in UMCH Foster Care relinquish their parental rights, the foster family may permanently adopt their foster child. Adoption services are provided by UMCH to facilitate the adoption process for our foster families and children.
Independent Living Program (ILP) and Transitional Living Program (TLP) are our residential programs for youth ages 17-21. Youth live on campus (ILP) or off campus (TLP) while receiving full casework services and special training to prepare them for independence.
We also help our children go to college or technical school through Higher Education Aid. Any youth who has lived at UMCH at any time in her life can receive assistance. UMCH provides funds to supplement educational and living expenses. We also provide a place for the student to live during school breaks so she has somewhere to “come home to.”
In addition to these residential and education services for children and youth, we also work to prevent abuse and keep families together. We believe that the best way to provide a safe and loving home for a child is to help create that in his own family. So our family preservation services – Family Counseling, Parenting Classes, and Financial Aid – intercept struggling families before their issues escalate to abuse or neglect. These family preservation services are offered from our main campus in Decatur as well as from district offices in Augusta, Dalton, Gainesville and Rome.
We also offer a residential family preservation service. Family Housing is a residential program for families with at least one child under the age of 17 living with them. In addition to a safe place to stay, the family receives casework services, and budget and employment counseling.
In the spirit of Christian concern, the United Methodist Children’s Home offers all of our services without regard to race, gender, creed or national origin.
The United Methodist Children’s Home, 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur GA 30030;