Texas Baptist Children's Home FAQs
Campus Life Questions
The average stay for a child in the Campus Life Program is about two years. However, length of placement is determined by the child’s individual needs and some kids may be in care for a few months or for several years. TBCH recommends a minimum length of placement of six months.
TBCH is a private, non-profit organization. TBCH operates on a sliding scale fee, which is determined by the family’s ability to contribute toward the child’s care. Family financial commitment for a child’s care is extremely important; however, placement is never refused because the family is unable to pay.
TBCH provides numerous supportive services for the child while he/she is in placement. These include: individual, family and group therapy, recreational opportunities, independent living classes, tutoring, plans of service, worship services, Bible study, choir groups, and mission opportunities.
To be considered for placement, the family does not have to be active in a Baptist church or professing Christians. However, upon placement, the child will attend a local Baptist church with his/her cottage as well as on-campus services.
Each child admitted must be able to attend public school. TBCH does not have an on-site school, but staff works closely with local school personnel to coordinate individual educational goals.
Recommended family contact consists of weekly phone calls and monthly home visits. A child’s contact with his/her family is assessed on an individual basis and TBCH recommendations may vary from case to case.
Family Care Questions
We provide child care during the group and individual counseling. The mother is responsible for enlisting child care for workdays or while in school. This encourages a mother in her future independence.
Family Care is not an emergency shelter. It is not designed to provide short-term, temporary relief from bad situations; it is focused on providing for the long-term emotional, physical and financial health of the mothers and children in care. The average length of stay is about six months, although some mothers may stay for longer periods of time.
Family Care offers referral information to community resources that can help meet current family concerns. Family Care staff will pray with you about your current concerns.
Family Care staff provides weekday transportation within the Round Rock area for work and health-related activities. Occasionally, cars are donated for Family Care clients, who have an opportunity to purchase the vehicles at very favorable terms.
Family Care is not a maternity program. If you are expecting another child, have your present child/children in legal custody, and can manage basic household needs and childcare during and after delivery and dismissal from the hospital, we can work with you.
The purpose of Family Care is to make long-term changes for the good of the family. All mothers in residence are required to be working, or attending school, or both.
Family Care mothers pay a small monthly fee, although no one is turned away based on inability to pay. They are required to save a large percentage of their income from jobs or other resources to encourage financial stability and good money management.
The Aftercare Program assures a continuing relationship with the moms and children who have completed the Family Care Program. Services may include access to the commissary, visits to the Boutique, individual counseling, budgeting and limited financial assistance. Family Care also offers case management and budgeting services to former clients.
The importance of the relationships depends primarily on the family’s individual needs and continued efforts to maintain independence. In effect, the Family Care Program becomes extended family and a place to turn during times of need.