Louisiana United Methodist Children & Family Services
Today, during this pandemic and unrest, I am pleased to report good news! We have good news for last year, good news for today, and good news of the future regarding our care for Louisiana’s children and families. Founded by Louisiana’s Methodists in 1902, we pursue our Mission as enthusiastically as ever before: We guide children and families home to experience God’s love by following the teachings of Christ.
Four years ago, in December 2015, we created Methodist Foster Care. In four years, we have doubled the care we provided in 2015. In 2019, Methodist Foster Care provided as much care as our three children’s homes.
Doubling services in four years was necessary because Louisiana has more children who require care and fewer providers to meet the needs. We step into the gaps and care for children who need intensive residential care and therapeutic foster care unavailable elsewhere. We seek to double again.
Creating New Ways to Care for Children
In addition to providing more care in 2019, we created new ways to care for children. During 2019, Methodist Foster Care grew into three programs.
We continue to grow the Therapeutic Foster Care program. We added a Kinship Navigator program, and we created Louisiana’s Foster Care Support Organization. With these three foster care programs, we now touch the lives of every child in Louisiana’s foster care system – directly for those children in our care,
and indirectly by supporting relative caregivers and foster caregivers throughout Louisiana.
We need your help!
Help us care for children! Point people to RecruitFosterCare.com.
Today, there are not enough temporary homes available for Louisiana’s children. We are continually recruiting, training, certifying, and supporting new therapeutic foster families. If you are interested, please visit RecruitFosterCare.com. Please help us by telling people about RecruitFosterCare.com.
Capital Campaign and Construction Continue
We continue to build the new Methodist Children’s Home of Southeast Louisiana. Phase I is completed. We expect Phase II construction to be completed, the buildings furnished and ready for children to move in by December 2021. Visit MCHSELA.com to learn more!
Completing Phase II in southeast Louisiana will give us a permanent children’s home in Louisiana’s three large regions, the bootstrap, heel, and toe of our state. Fundraising efforts continue under very challenging circumstances.
Preparing for the Next 100 Years of Ministry to Children and Families
We continue preparing our organization for our next 100 years of ministry. In these three regional facilities, we will continue providing the most intensive, comprehensive residential care in Louisiana. These campuses will also serve as the regional support centers. They are the basecamps for the array of prevention, early intervention, support, and intensive treatment services we provide now and will develop for Louisiana’s children and families in the future.
We continue to invite all United Methodists who love children to join us in our exciting work!
We are saving the lives and lifetimes of Louisiana’s children and families.
The Persistent Pursuit of Our Mission
Learn more about us at LUMCFS.org. You will find that in all we do, we have one purpose. Whether we are perfecting intensive residential treatment, expanding our therapeutic foster care, or creating new services for Louisiana’s most vulnerable children, we persistently pursue our Mission: We guide children and families home to experience God’s love by following the teachings of Christ.
Respectfully and gratefully submitted,
President and CEO
Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services, Inc.