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

Adolescence can become a time of crisis in the life of any family. With today’s cultural pressures and expectations, even healthy families often find themselves unprepared to deal with difficulties that arise during their child’s teen years. If this sounds like your family, we want to assure you that you are not alone. At BCH Residential Care, we are passionate about restoring families and helping teens thrive!

Baptist Children’s Home Residential Care is our Christian group home for troubled teens located in Carmi, IL. Driven by faith in Christ, our team of experts are dedicated to helping bring transformation and real heart change to teenagers who seem out of control.

BCH Residential Care differs greatly from some other “defiant teen programs” in that we are not a clinical, sterile or lock-down facility. Our students live in one of our eight-capacity cottages under the constant care and guidance of loving, Christian houseparents.

Through individual, group and family counseling, teens learn to identify and move away from self-defeating habits and defiant behavior patterns. Likewise, our staff will help each teen uncover his/her strengths in order to guide them toward more positive, outwardly focused activities. Students also learn to trust and build strong relationships through team building exercises and therapeutic recreation.

By giving special care to the educational, spiritual and emotional growth of each student, we strive to help them build character and discover a brand new vision for their life.

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Residential Care Children's Home for Troubled Teens

BCH Residential Care for at-risk teens

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 Care

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.
“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