What is the Collins Children’s Home?
Collins Children’s Home (CCH) is a residential home for children between the ages of birth – 21 who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or are otherwise unable to live with their families. Our goal is the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development of our children, and the eventual reunification with their natural families whenever possible.
How are children placed at Collins Children’s Home?
There are two ways children come to live at Collins Home:
Through the Department of Social Services.
These are children who have been removed from their homes due to an unsafe environment. They need to be temporarily placed outside the home while resources are put into place for the child and family’s specific needs.
Through Private Placements.
The private placement allows children to be placed in the care of CCH when their parents/guardians are going through a season of crisis. The private placement allows parents/guardians to keep custody of the children and to stay in close contact with them. The expectation is they will return to the care of their parents/guardians after the crisis is resolved.
Examples of private placements include (but are not limited to):
Grandparents who have custody of their grandchildren, but are unable to care for them due to declining health, financial instability, etc.
A single parent caring for kids with no home, job, etc.
A parent(s) struggling with addiction and need to go to rehab.
How long can a child live at Collins Children's Home?
Children placed at CCH can live with us as long as there is a need, whether it’s 6 months or 6 years.
Who can be accepted into care?
Before a child enters our care, we meet with them, their parent(s) or guardian(s), social workers (if applicable), and any others involved ensuring we are the best place for the child. We can accept children from birth to age 21.
Who cannot be accepted into care?
We cannot accept children who need therapeutic or a higher level of care.
What does it cost to place my child with Collins Children’s Homes?
It will cost your time and commitment maintaining a relationship with your child.
Currently, gifts from churches, individuals, and others help cover the day-to-day costs of caring for children who live with us. Are you interested in finding out ways that you or your church can help?
What kind of care and services will my child receive?
Medical and dental care
Food and clothing
Anything needed for school, including tutoring and supplies
Participation in school activities, including extracurricular activities
Participation in church and community events
Church attendance and daily devotions
Counseling with a licensed therapist
Who has custody of the children?
It varies depending on the type of placement.
For DSS Placements: DSS retains custody
For Private Placements: The parent(s) or guardian(s) retains custody
Both DSS & Private Placements sign entrustment papers to Collins Children's Home to ensure each child receives the proper care and services as mentioned above.