We believe the family is a beautiful picture to our world from God about how He loves and cares for each of us. The family is a love story that is sent straight from Heaven and it is our Christian responsibility to see to it that this story never dies. He has called the staff, supporters and volunteers of The Texas Baptist Home for Children to fight for the preservation of the sanctity of the family.
To protect the sanctity of human life & promote the preservation of the family.
This purpose manifests itself in preventative, rehabilitative, and specialized services to children, youth, adults and families. The aim of these programs is to enable this ministry, local churches, and the community to meet more effectively the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families. The Texas Baptist Home for Children provides these services as a benevolent, educational, and evangelistic outreach of the churches of the Baptist Missionary Association of Texas.
The Baptist Missionary Association of Texas met to discuss the plight of orphan children in Texas. The decision was made that an Orphanage was a necessity. A committee was chosen to secure a location. The city of Waxahachie donated $1,500.00 and was chosen as the location for Texas Baptist Orphanage.
This childcare facility opened its doors in January 1910 shortly after receiving a license from the State of Texas.
After a few years, a 2-Story Brick w/ 19 furnished bedrooms was ‘officially’ opened;19 orphans at the time.
January 1919- With heavy fundraising, we were able to complete the 2nd wing of the orphanage.
Spring 1919- There were 62 children living at the orphanage. By summer of 1919, there were 83 children.
Waxahachie residents came together to help make much-needed repairs to the main building. They donated $1800 and people came with tools and supplies to make many of the repairs themselves. The rest of the ’40s were good to the orphanage, they were even able to raise some funds for themselves by working the fields and selling produce. In 1947, enough funds were raised and a new dormitory for the boys was built.
Since the mid to late 1950’s, the definition of “orphan” changed. Most of the children in care were dependent and neglected children with one or both parents living. Several more home-like structures were built to make the orphanage more of a home-like setting rather than an institution.
Saw a big change in the way TBHC cared for children. CPS was established in 1974 and became more involved in the way children were cared for. The children were coming into care with more psychological problems and signs of previous abuse. The dormitory/orphanage style wasn’t able to support the needs of the children at this time.
1984- TBHC applied for Child Placing License.
1985- TBHC received our first 2 foster placements.
1989- There were 17 foster placements and 53 private placements. We also began our crisis pregnancy counselling.
The adoption program began with the state. We were able to work with kids from CPS and help them find their forever home.
In 2009, an office was opened in Bedford to continue to address the needs of children and families in the area. We work with OCOK in this area to help children remain in the county they are removed.
In 2018, an office was opened in Garland to continue to address the needs of children and families.
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We invite you to explore this site for more information about our programs, our campus and our people. The Texas Baptist Home for Children’s Foster Care Program is funded by the Baptist Missionary Association of Texas, the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, churches, businesses, and other loving individuals.