Children and teens come to live at The Baptist Home for Children in Monticello for many reasons. Some come from homes where they have been abused, where there is serious family conflict or where their parents lack the skills necessary to care for them. The home seeks to provide children and teens a Christ-centered place of safety and security where they can grow physically, emotionally, academically and spiritually.
Most residents are school-aged children and youth. They live in five different family-style homes with their houseparents, attending local public schools and Southern Baptist churches. Many are involved in extracurricular school activities, church activities and community events.
The Baptist Home for Children receives privately placed children, as well as children placed by the Arkansas Department of Children and Family Services. Other referrals come from churches or concerned friends and Arkansas families.
Established in 1989 and located seven miles north of Harrison on 400 scenic rural acres, the Arkansas Baptist Ranch serves boys and girls who simply need a place to live, boys and girls with family conflict issues or young men and women in need of guidance.
Up to 32 children and teens can be cared for in four ranch-style homes, where they will live with houseparents. The residents attend Bergman Public Schools, and many are involved in extracurricular and sporting activities. Residents attend area Baptist churches.
The ranch receives privately placed residents, as well as adolescent teens that are placed by the courts or the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services. Other referrals come from churches or concerned friends and family members.