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Many times each week we receive telephone calls from parents or pastors about a young person out of control in their own home.  Many times these youth are facing court action.  Intervention is often acceptable with family and juvenile courts and parents are given the option to place their child themselves.  We have visited many different faith-based facilities across the country that are Bible-based alternatives to State-related programs.  The following is a list of some of the facilities in which we have confidence.  You may call our toll-free hotline if you have questions or if we can be of assistance to you in contacting one of these ministries or some other.

Common procedure in placing a troubled child in this type of residential facility:

  1. A parent or guardian must make first contact with the facility
  2. You will speak to someone in charge of "intake"
  3. This person will do an interview over the phone
  4. You will receive an application by mail
  5. They will most likely want to interview your troubled child
  6. They will want to know whether your child desires to come to their facility and if they are cooperative in coming.
  7. Having received your application, they will advise you whether or not they will take your child

 We can help you by recommending the appropriate ministry and facility for your child’s particular situation and need and even help you make "first contact" with that facility by placing a conference call totally free you.

Remember! You are not alone and you are not the only parent in America with a problem.


 Here Are The Facts

Some facts to remember everyday in America:

  • 2,989 children witness the divorce of their parents.
  • 3,288 teenagers will run away from home.
  • 6 teenagers will commit suicide.
  • 438 teenagers will be arrested for drinking.
  • 211 teenagers will be arrested for drug-related crimes.
  • 2,861 teenagers will drop out of school.
  • 1,629 teenagers are placed in adult jail for some reason.
  • 7,742 teenagers become sexually active.
  • 2,975 teenage girls become pregnant.
  • 8,219 teenagers acquire a sexually transmitted disease.

 In the next 30 minutes:

  • 81 percent reported that they had had intercourse, and 
  • 50 percent agreed that “people their age did alcohol and drugs a lot.”
  • In 2000, 1688 young people (ages 13 to 24) were reported with AIDS. 
  • 2 in 10 girls and 3 in 10 boys are sexually active by the age of 15.
  • Over half of teenagers say they would have a better relationship with their parents if they spent more time together. 
  • The average teen in the US is left unsupervised 2.2 days per week. 
  • Violent youth crime peaks between the hours of 3:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. 
  • Nearly 40% of American teenagers know someone who has been shot. 
  • 40% of all children in America have not seen their father in the last year

Other facts to remember about America:  

In a random survey of 1,200 adolescents and young adults age 13 to 24 throughout the United States, the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that: 

  • 29 teenagers will attempt suicide
  • 57 teenagers will run away from home
  • 14 girls under 16 years old will have a baby
  • 32 girls will have an abortion
  • 685 teenagers will use narcotics

  Children are not only hurting in America but are in desperate need all around the world.

These children have found no place for themselves in this world.  They have been pushed aside, rejected, thrown away like a piece of garbage.  But 1 Samuel 2:8 says "He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory..."

Homeless Children Around The World

Africa - half the population
Bangladesh - 10,000
Belgium - 4,000
Brazil - 12,000,000
Cambodia - 10,000
Colombia - 9.000
France - 10,000
Ireland - 1,000
Mexico - 1,900,000
Peru - 10,000
Philippines - 1,200,000
United Kingdom - 156,000
United States - 1,250,000
Worldwide - 100,000,000



 Recommended Residential Schools & Programs for Children & Teens in America 
Faith-based, local church operated (Baptist)

Anchor Character Training Center(coed)
Harvest Baptist Church Ministries, PO Box 430, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 955-5270 or (515) 955-3074
Pastor, Marvin E. Smith III, Director, John Brooks
Home located at: 1940 225th St., Fort Dodge, IA

Blue Creek Academy (boys)
A ministry of Bible Baptist Church, Belva WV 
Director, JR Thompson Phone: (304) 935-1093

Pastor, James Waldeck Phone: (304) 632-1870
PO Box 67, State Route 39 Belva WV 26656-0266


Calvary Boy’s Ranch, Boarding Academy, City of Refuge, Baptist Institute & Seminary
Calvary Baptist Church Ministries, PO Box 834, Eufaula, OK 74432
(918)689-9403, (918)689-4789 (Fax)
Pastor, Dr. Jerry McDonald
Haven of Hope Girls Academy - Opening Soon!
(Ministry of The Church of the Open Door, Westminster MD - Dr. Norris Belcher, Pastor
550 Baltimore Blvd, Westminster MD 21157
(410) 876-3838

Happiness Hill Home (girls through 19 yrs)
(affiliated with Roloff Ministries, Corpus Christi, TX), Rt. 5 Box 437, Union MS 39365
(601) 656-7714
Director, Dr. Jack High

Heritage Boys Academy
Director, Bro. Buddy Maynard
P.O. Box 10064
Panama City, FL  32404
(850) 913-1844

Hephzibah House (girls)
Believers Baptist Church, 508 School St. Winona Lake, IN 46590
Pastor, Don Williams, Director, Ron Williams

Hope Children’s Home (coed) 
(813) 961-1214, (813) 968-7686 (Fax)
11415 Hope International Dr., Tampa FL 33625

Hope Children’s Home (young girls)
(Ministry of Tabernacle Baptist Church, McDonaugh, GA)
(662)565-2894 Email:
Directors, Jimmy & Donna Prather
Rt. 1, Box 194, Duck Hill, MS 38925

  Jubilee Home For Ladies (18 years old and over; For younger girls see Happiness Hill)
Peoples Baptist Church Ministries, Roloff Ministries
Pastor Charles Crummey
(361) 265-9911, Ext. 215
1355 FM 665, Corpus Christi, TX 78415

Lighthouse Children’s Home (girls)
Lighthouse Baptist Church, West MS. Evangelist Larry Neff
(601) 289-9629
PO Box 276, Kosciusko, MS 39090 

Marvelous Grace Girls Academy
3111 Zepp, Lane, Pace, FL 32571
A mission work of Faith Baptist Church, Pell City, AL. - Pastor David Wood
Director: Missionary/Evangelist Steven Blankenship -
Ministry website:
Email -

Reclamation Ranch (boys and girls12-17, young men 18-45)
Dr. Jack Patterson, Founder and Director
Ministry of Gloryland Baptist Church
P.O. Box 150
Empire, AL 35063

Shenandoah Boys Ranch
Shenandoah Girls Haven

Shenandoah Baptist Church
(423) 339-0103, (423) 339-0992, (423) 339-0117 (Fax)
Pastor Steve Grubbs
138 Osment Rd., Cleveland, TN 37323

Shining Light School for Boys
Ministry of Walter’s Grove Baptist Church
Dr. Jeremy Simpson, Pastor
Bro. Roy Isenhart, Director
2620 Cid Road
Lexington, N.C. 27292
Phone: (336) 859-9860
Cell: (336) 596-6459

Victorious Valley Homes (coed)
Ministry of Victorious Valley Baptist Church
Pastor John McGill, Director
140 Victorious Valley Drive
Sunset, SC 29685
Fax: 864-878-5791

Contact: Jennifer Holobrooks

William Seth Rochester Home for Children
Ministry of Calvary Hill Baptist Church, Pacolet SC - Pastor Bill Pickel
Directors: Jason & Mandy Koepke
This is a fairly new facility with an exceptionally good start, good facilities, and right now very individualized attention.  Landmark Baptist school curriculum.  Home and family atmosphere.
Phone: 864-542-7206

Willow Valley Boarding Academy and Camp (boys)
Ken Puckett, Director
P.O. Box 99
Vinton, OH 45686

The Ark Youth Shelter (boys)
Ministry of Trinity Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC
Darrell Finch, Director
9261 Fairforest Rd.
Spartanburg, SC 29301
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