Children's Village provides a safe and nurturing environment to children who have been removed from their homes by the Department of Child Safety due to situations of abuse, neglect, domestic violence, or untreated mental illness in their home. The children's length of stay is dependent on their situation and can range in time from one day to several years.
Currently, Children's Village is able to accommodate up to 39 children in their seven (7) licensed group homes. The children range in ages from 1-17 and are from all ethnic backgrounds. Often the children come with special needs. The Children's Village's specialized setting allows for the care of large sibling groups. This is unique and beneficial for the children because it helps keep the family unit together while waiting for reunification.
The focus and mission of the Children's Village is to provide the support and attention needed during the stressful time in these children's lives. The support includes medical assistance, behavioral therapy, tutoring services, focused nutrition, hygiene products, and clothing. When a child leaves Children's Village, they take all of the items that they received during their stay with them including clothing, toys, and hygiene products.
Melanie was 5 years old when she arrived at Children's Village. Even though she was now living at a place far from her school, Children's Village made sure to arrange transportation so that she could attend her normal school and have consistency in her education. Melanie's teacher, Mrs. Garcia, recently reached out to the staff at the Children's Village:
"Melanie is showing major improvements in reading, letter recognition, and writing, and I’m sure that is thanks in large part to your help at Children’s Village. Melanie always says she is enjoying her time there, and every Monday she boasts about her Sundays at church with you all. It warms my heart to know that she’s being given an opportunity to enjoy being a 5 year old again. Thank you for all of your efforts. Again please let me know if there’s any way I can support you all as well."
**Please note that the child's name and picture were changed to ensure the child's privacy and safety.