The Life Steps Program
Bethel provides residential care for children and youth ages 5-17, who need a home because the child or the child’s legal guardian/family is in a crisis situation and unable to care for them.
Our family style homes provide a noncustodial alternative to foster care, which allows the parents or legal guardian to maintain custody of children and teens in our care. Houseparents provide care, Christ-centered supervision, guidance and accountability.
Children and youth are assigned to homes based on gender and needs. They participate in the development of an individual program plan that focuses on spiritual, physical, intellectual, relational, and emotional needs and growth. Daily activities are designed to promote learning, growth, and healing. Daily chores help teach responsibility.
The children and teens in our care attend Sunday services with their House Parents at neighboring churches of various denominations.
When children have been living in crisis, they tend to fall behind in school and may be in danger of failing to graduate from school. That’s why middle and high school students attend Bethel Christian Academy, our on-campus school. With class sizes of 3 to 12 students, students receive personalized attention that allows them to catch up in school and earn a high school diploma. Elementary students attend classes at a neighboring elementary school.
Families visit and call their children on a regular basis. In addition, families attend all meetings, counseling sessions, and parent education classes, maintain contact with houseparents and social workers, while working to prepare to reunite as a family, whenever possible.
Unlike foster care, the legal guardian, – whether parent, grandparent or other person designated by the courts – is able to maintain custody while the child is cared for at Bethel.
The Bethel campus features family-style homes on a 64-acre campus, with plenty of opportunities for the physical exercise and fresh air that kids need. Our campus features a gymnasium, basketball court, playgrounds, tennis courts and plenty of green spaces. Our campus school also includes a gymnasium and library.
For admission information, contact David Shinn our Director of Admissions or call 423.842.5757, extension 222.