Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Home

Nicholasville, KY | Owensboro, KY

Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes

The Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes (KyUMH) was founded in 1871 in response to the overwhelming amount of vulnerable orphans and widows struggling after the Civil War. We continued as an orphanage until the 1980s and 90s, when the state foster care system was created. At that time we shifted our focus to providing treatment for youth who have experienced abuse and neglect in their young lives. We now offer a variety of residential and community-based programs to care for 800-1,000 youth and families each year.

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We serve Christ by providing for the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of children and families.


Alumni frequently become successful parents and adults, breaking the cycle of abuse they were born into and paying it forward to others throughout their lifetime.

Programs & Services

Residential Services

We serve youth ages 12-17 with residential care at our Nicholasville and Owensboro campuses.

Transition to Independent Living

For ages 18-21, we offer guidance for young adults leaving the foster system on how to live on their own.


KyUMH provides home studies for Kentucky families adopting domestically or internationally.

Counseling (Owensboro)

The Owensboro campus offers in office counseling to individuals, couples and families

Home Monitoring

Case managers provide daily care for youth under house arrest.

Community Case Management

The goal of this service is to prevent children from being removed from their family and placed into foster care.

Get Involved

The Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes (KyUMH) is seeking passionate, mission-driven individuals interested in life-changing work. Our goal is to help our clients find healing and build a brighter future through professional therapeutic interventions. We believe every child is an individual of worth, entitled to God’s gift of wholeness of life.

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