The Life Steps Program
The Life Steps program is designed to provide on-campus living for children and youth ages 5-17. Our family style homes provide a noncustodial alternative to foster care for families in crisis, 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 and daily chores help teach responsibility.
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, playground, tennis courts and plenty of green spaces. Our campus school also includes a gymnasium and library.
While many people know our campus by the small iconic chapel near the front entrance, the children and teens in our care attend Sunday services at neighboring churches of various denominations, with their houseparents.
This application packet contains all the information you need to get started. Once the application has been submitted, our Admissions staff will carefully consider the information and determine if the child or teen is accepted for placement at Bethel Bible Village.
For more information, contact our Director of Admissions, David Shinn.