Opened in 1924 as an orphanage, today Amarillo Children’s Home serves children who, for a variety of reasons, can no longer live in their biological home.
As with all kids, the young people who come to us spill over what has been poured into them. Hurt, lies and rejection have been their reality. The ugliness they believe to be truth shapes their world-view. Mere survival has required every ounce of their energy, and they have no idea how to live any other way.
We’re able to see a different kid. We look beyond their past into who they can become: who they were created to be.
Immediately upon their arrival, we pour into each child: home, security and acceptance. As truths overcome lies, our kids begin to realize their own worth and in turn, the value of others. Out of the overflow of their hearts, over time they’re able to be a blessing to those around them.
Our programs support our mission and address each child's specific physical, emotional and spiritual needs, by providing:
• a family-style environment
• additional services as needed: academic coaches, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health counselors
• daily life that includes devotions, mealtime prayer, church attendance and activities
• opportunities to develop interests and skills by pursuing extra-curricular activities
Our kids live in one of 7 family-style homes on campus where loving care and life-skills training is provided by full-time Family Teachers (a specially-trained married couple who live in the home with the kids) and a full-time Assistant Family Teacher.
Our youngest homes, where we teach basic life skills, are for those ages 5 - 10 and are co-ed.
We have girls and boys homes for those ages 10 - 16 which utilize components of the Boys' Town Family Teaching Model rewarding positive behaviors. Here, kids find a place of safety to explore new abilities, face past challenges, learn from mistakes, develop trust and establish mutually-caring relationships with others.
The co-ed Transitional Living Concepts (TLC) Cottage is where we provide freedom with a safety-net for young men and women preparing to make the move into life on their own. We utilize the Going Places curriculum developed by Amarillo Children’s Home to help our kids make the transition from a structured-care environment to independent living.
A vital part of the TLC program is After-Care which supports high-school graduates emotionally and financially, helping them to succeed as they face the challenges of living on their own while providing a sense of belonging and a place where they can come home.