Because the needs of children and their families have changed drastically since 1897, we continually evaluate this ministry to meet these ever-changing needs, always maintaining the primary focus of our founding fathers to show Christ's love to children and families. We recognize that families in Mississippi today face a multitude of challenges and often need help overcoming temporary difficult circumstances resulting from illness or poverty related issues.
Recognizing that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society, our Case Managers and other staff will work hands-on to support the family and guide them in restoring their families in God's love and grace.
S.A.F.E. Track goals are set for each child at The Baptist Children’s Village and each family in our Dorcas non-residential program. These goals target four important areas--
Family devotions in the cottage and regular church attendance in their local church combine to help our residents in their quest for God and His plan for their lives. These opportunities for spiritual growth are enhanced by summer camp experiences made possible by generous donors
Academic needs for our children are significant and varied. All our children attend public schools in the community where they live. Many of them need additional tutoring or remedial reading assistance. The BCV desires to make every possible resource available to help them succeed academically.
Family continues to be a critical part of our children’s lives despite their separation. In many instances it is possible for qualified, professional staff to work successfully with families and children to reunite them. Extensive efforts are made to provide a home-like, comfortable environment for all children ages 2 to 20 years while they are in the care of The Baptist Children’s Village. The design and staffing of cottages strategically located in communities throughout the state, as well as children's daily routine, are all deliberately designed to model healthy Christian family values.
Emotional support is an important and time intensive part of The Baptist Children’s Village ministry. Every staff member works to encourage children, recognizing the voids left in their lives and their deep emotional needs. Houseparents who live in cottages with children are on the front lines and act as parents in every sense of the word by loving, disciplining and providing for the basic needs of each child on a daily basis. Case Managers work to heal and restore children who are hurting on many levels. Additional specialized help is available to residents through our clinical psychologist. All of these work together to positively effect every child for good and for God.