Bethel’s 3-Step Admission Process
When your family or child is in crisis, we understand that you want to get help as fast as possible. Bethel’s three-step process allows us to gather all the information and permissions we need from you up front, so we can determine whether we can provide the help you need.
Step 1: Fill out an application.
If you are the legal guardian (the person who has legal custody) of a child age 5-17, please use this online form:
Once you begin the application, you may save the form and continue it at a later time, if needed.
If you would prefer to print out a paper copy of the application, you can download it here:
Bethel-Admission-Application.pdf (593 downloads)
Step 2: Meet with our staff.
Bethel’s admission team will set up a meeting with you and your family and give you a tour of our campus.
Age 18+ individuals seeking crisis housing meet with the admissions team on their own behalf.
Step 3: Our team meets to discuss your child’s needs.
The admission team meets to make sure Bethel is the right fit to help the child and/or family, and relays that information as soon as a decision has been made.
Is Bethel the Right Place for My Child?
These are the typical reasons children or teens ages 5-17 find help at Bethel:
- Need a temporary stable home and care due to economic or legal situations such as a parent in jail, homelessness, or family illness
- Need more structure and supervision because of a guardian’s work schedule
- Need a temporary placement so a family or parent can avoid losing custody or to avoid disrupting an adoption
- Are living in a family experiencing heavy conflict and emotional stress, at a level that requires some time apart
- Have completed a higher level of care program but currently are not able to return home
- Struggle to make appropriate choices when faced with negative peer pressure
- Need training in social skills, peer interaction or relationships with authority figures
- Struggle with grades, school behavior, or truancy
- Have started down a path to delinquency, but this is not become a “hard core” lifestyle
Please Note: Children or teens may be referred to Bethel by a family member, the courts, counselors social workers, schools or other organizations. However, the person who has legal custody of the child needs to approve the placement and sign the admission paperwork.
Single parents or families over 18 seeking emergency transitional housing can fill out the application for themselves.
What We Believe
At Bethel Bible Village, we believe that if we are going to accomplish a true turnaround in young people’s lives, they need to understand that God loves them, sends people to care for them, and has a plan for their lives.
Our Christ-centered ministry introduces children and teens in our care to God’s love and truths through:
- Weekly church attendance at area churches
- Bible study
- The daily Christian lifestyle of House Parents and staff
Bethel is interdenominational. We partner with churches of various mainstream Christian denominations as well as non-denominational churches.
Read more about what we believe as Christians.
Family involvement is a central part of Bethel’s programs. Therefore it is necessary for a child’s legal guardian, parent or grandparent to be able to get to our campus for visits and other family activities a couple times each month.
Bethel’s admission team may grant exceptions for those who don’t meet all the criteria, but would be best served at Bethel due to special circumstances.
There are some challenges that require care Bethel is not equipped to provide. See the list If Bethel is not the right fit for any of these reasons, our staff can help you with a referral for appropriate care.
Children with an I.Q. below 80 need special education services that Bethel cannot provide, however we can help refer you to an agency best suited to provide special care.
When there is a need to keep siblings together, our Admissions team will consider exceptions to the age requirements.
Financial information: Each family is asked to pay an affordable monthly fee, based on the family’s ability to pay, but no family is ever turned away due to financial need.
Bethel Bible Village does not discriminate on the basis of mental or physical handicap, race, color, religion, national origin, age or sex (except where age, sex or mental/physical condition is a bona fide treatment or program criteria).
Have a question about the admission process? Contact us.