Baptist Children’s’ Home (BCH) Residential Care for Troubled Teens

Baptist Children’s Home in Carmi, IL offers residential care and treatment to teens with behavioral issues (multiple suspensions, truancy, fighting, failing grades, family struggles, homelessness, runaways).  Often times, BCH can help redirect the life of a troubled teen before the need for legal or DCFS involvement becomes necessary.

What the BCH Residential Care Program offers

Helping troubled teens find hope in Illinois

Residential Housing – The heart of BCH is the family life in our cottages which provides a strong model for a healthy family structure.

Houseparent Couples – Our cottages are staffed by live-in Christian houseparent couples who reside with students around the clock.  This family-like environment promotes houseparent/student bonding.

Counseling – Because no two teens are alike, our Masters-level therapists design a unique treatment plan for each student, providing individual, family and group counseling.

Therapeutic Recreation – We use social activities, sports, art and adventure-based recreation (including high and low ropes courses) to help build self-esteem and positive peer relationships.

Behavior Modification – BCH cottages operate on a token economy.  Students are given the opportunity to earn privileges by making positive behavioral choices.

Academic Development – BCH students attend local schools and are offered ongoing tutoring to improve academic performance.  75% – 95% of our students improve their Math, Reading and GPAs.

Spiritual Opportunities – BCH cottages attend Sunday worship services as a family.  Students also participate in on-campus worship services designed to promote a hands-on involvement.

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BCH Residential Care for teens facing behavioral issues

BCH Residential Care offers teens a whole community of people who are dedicated to helping them grow and reach their full potential. We are more than a juvenile group home. We are committed Christian professionals who share a passion for restoring families by investing in struggling teens.

Scott D. Kiser, LMFT
Scott D. Kiser, LMFTDirector of BCH Residential Care
Office Tel: (618) 382-4165
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Frequently Asked Questions :: About BCH Residential CareResidential care and guidance for teens facing adversity.

When I place my child do I give up any rights?
No. No parental rights or guardianship is given up when a parent places their child.

What’s the average length of stay?
Approximately 12 months.

Is there a school on campus?
No. Baptist Children’s Home students attend local public schools.

How much does it cost?
Cost is based on a sliding fee scale as determined by annual income.

What is the typical age of our residents?
12 -18 years old.

How soon can I place my child?
2-4 weeks after we receive application

What makes BCH different from other facilities?
Unlike many other “troubled teen” or “at-risk youth” programs, we are a home! Our students live cottages designed to model a stable family environment.

We share our faith in Jesus Christ with our residents.
Our staff view their job as a calling from Christ, so our commitment to the children is unparalleled. We design the treatment and interventions through our relationships with the child. This provides a more meaningful and long-lasting change in the child’s life. We are constantly reviewing new treatment technology, techniques and training to stay current in the field of adolescent residential care.

How do I get my child placed at Baptist Children’s Home?

  • The first step is for the parent or guardian to fill out the application and have the child’s school fill out the school enrollment and report.
  • Download BCH Application Form
  • Then mail or fax the application to our intake coordinator.
  • After the application and school paperwork are reviewed, you will receive a call to set up an interview appointment.

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“My houseparents were my teachers and will forever be my friends. In a time when I thought my life meant nothing, they helped me find the real me.”

“This letter is for everyone in the ministry of the Baptist Children’s Home… Thank you for helping me find my second chance for a successful life.”

“My counselor at BCH let me be angry, upset and mad, but she let me know that any decisions I made because of those emotions could have consequences. She taught me how to grow up and how to just be a good person.”

- BCH Residents