Frequently Asked Questions

How many youth do you serve at a time?

Through our residential group home setting, we are licensed by the Indiana Department of Child Services to serve 32 youth at a time. Currently, we have four group homes and each accommodates 8 youth between the ages of 14-19. The Home utilizes the Teaching Family Model.

What are the reasons youth need help?

The Home accepts referrals from the Indiana Department of Child Services, Juvenile Probation, private placements and other sources. Youth are removed from their homes frequently due to:

  • physical, emotional and sexual abuse
  • neglect or abandonment
  • emotional or behavioral disturbances
  • delinquent behaviors
  • alcohol or drug abuse by youth or adult care givers
Who is eligible to receive help?

The Home seeks to help youth residing in Indiana with a need that can be met by our services. Youth and families are served without regard to race, religion or national origin.

Where do the youth attend school?

Youth may attend the on-grounds school which serves grades 6 through 12. If youth are doing well with behavior and academics, they may attend one of the Lebanon public schools. Any educational credits earned at the on-grounds school transfer to any public school in the state of Indiana.

How is the Children's Home funded? The Home is funded through:
  • gifts from individuals and philanthropic organizations
  • grants from the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home Foundation, Inc.
  • payments from counties for youth placed at the Home
  • contributions from United Methodist churches, United Methodist Women and other related organizations
How does the Home relate to the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church?

The Home is an outreach ministry and “Approved Conference Special agency” of the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Home is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated entity operated under the direction of the elected Board of Trustees.

Is the Home licensed/accredited?

Yes. The Home is licensed by the Indiana Department of Child Services and is accredited by the Teaching Family Association. The on-grounds school is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education.

What are some of the needs for the Home?

Monetary donations are always needed and appreciated. In-kind donation such as toiletries and school supplies are always needed. (see current wish list on website)

Does the Home have volunteer opportunities?

Yes! One of the best ways to volunteer at the Home is to become a mentor for one of our youth. Background checks and other requirements must be met per Indiana state law. For more information, contact the Home at 765-482-5900 or send email inquiries to

Another way to volunteer is to become a member of our Auxiliary. To receive membership information, check out our web page for the Auxiliary or request a membership packet by contacting the Home.

Are campus tours available?

Yes! Tours of our beautiful campus are offered during business hours on weekdays and also on the weekends. The one hour tour involves some outdoor walking. To schedule a tour, call 765-482-5900 or send email requests to

The Home also offers speakers to come to your church for a worship service, Sunday school class, United Methodist Women’s and Men’s programs. Contact us today to schedule a speaker.

We also have a 30 minute inspirational DVD featuring testimonials from former residents. To receive a free copy, please contact the Home.

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