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The United Methodist Children's Home in Tahlequah is one of two residential group homes operated by the Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care. The home provides care for girls ages 12 through high school graduation who are experiencing problems which prevent them from living at home or in foster care, including physical or sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, gang involvement, difficulties with the law, depression, and/or out-of-control behavior.

There are two cottages or homes on the Children's Home campus: Smith and Webb. Each of the homes is supervised by a married couple called Family Counselors who live in the home with up to 10 girls. The couple serves as teachers and mentors to the children, and they work hard to provide a family-like atmosphere in their home. Assistant Family Counselors work closely with each couple.

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 either our on-campus Alternative Learning Center or 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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