How are children admitted to Bethel Bible Village?
Bethel uses a simple 3-step admission process.
- The application is submitted by the legal guardian for the child or teen
- Bethel’s admission team meets with the guardian or family members
- The admission team meets to make sure Bethel is the right fit.
See the Bethel Application Packet
Who can send a child or teen to Bethel?
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.
Is Bethel the right fit for this child or teen?
This list of questions can help you see if Bethel would be the best fit for the child or teen in your care. These are general guidelines, and Bethel’s admission team may grant exceptions for those who don’t meet all the criteria, but would be best served at Bethe due to special circumstances.
- 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
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.
What ages are accepted at Bethel?
Overall, Bethel cares for youth ages 5-17, as well as babies whose mothers are in the teen mom program.
- The “Back on Track” program for boys is limited to boys age 14-17.
- The transitional Next Step program offers temporary crisis housing for single parents age 18 or older, or for married couples age 18 and over, and their minor children.
When there is a need to keep siblings together, our Admissions team will consider exceptions to the age requirements.
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).
Get the application packet