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United Methodist Children's Home

The United Methodist Children's Home in Tahlequah is one of two campus-based foster care programs operated by the Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care. The United Methodist Church's Campus Foster Care program provides a stable home where children and youth can remain safe and healthy. Our certified or licensed Foster Care parents provide stability, safety, and security at our private homes on the Children's Home and Boys' Ranch campuses. The support services are provided to the family to facilitate reunification with the child if possible.

There are separate cottages on the Children's Home campus. Each cottage is supervised by a Professional Foster Parent who lives with the children in their care. Our primary responsibility is to help children learn behaviors that promote their self-regard, personal ability, and socialization skills. The foster family will accomplish this through protecting and nurturing their well-being, advancing the child's development, meeting the child's needs, teaching the child ways to prevent and solve problems, maintain/build positive relationships, build the child's self-control and responsibility, and comply with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services rules on discipline to a a safe, nurturing environment that allows the child to experience security and positive self-esteem.

We also have the David O. Beal Independent Living Program for graduates of our residential group homes. The youth live in Layman's Memorial Building while attending college or vocational school.

Children and youth living at the Children's Home attend Tahlequah Public Schools. Our staff works closely with teachers and school administration to assure that the youth have the best educational opportunities possible to help them achieve success in school.

The basic premise of our program is that we do not see our children and youth as "at-risk" but "at-promise" because we believe that every child has received special gifts from God. We believe that being loved and accepted heals hurts that can be healed by no other means.

The children in our program are provided with a loving, nurturing environment to help them understand that there is a better way to live. They are also taught skills to help them deal with real-life situations, given a quality education, and provided with the counseling help they need to turn their lives around. Our staff works individually with each youth to help them better understand the program and to succeed. The youth learn how to function in the home, in their relationships, in school, and in the community.

Our children are also given the opportunity to discover and nurture their spirituality. The children and youth attend weekly chapel services, have devotions in their homes, and attend Sunday services at a local United Methodist church. They are encouraged to take an active part in church youth groups, choirs, and other church activities and groups.

There is always plenty to do, and our residents have the opportunity for numerous activities and outings. We also have an on-campus swimming pool.

Children's Home is located in Tahlequah, capital of the Cherokee Nation. If you would like more information about our program please call or write us at:

  • United Methodist Children's Home
  • 1 Mathes Park Drive
  • Tahlequah, OK 74464
  • 918-456-6166
  • FAX: 918-456-8216

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