St. Joseph Children's Home gives children a home,

and has been doing so since 1849.


The 168th Annual St. Joe’s Picnic

Picnic time is almost here! We hope you will join us for some family fun at the Picnic Pre-Party, Friday August 11th, 5pm-11pm and Picnic Day, August 12th, noon-midnight, to help raise needed funding for the children and families served by St. Joseph Children’s Home. This year picnic will feature the VIP tent sponsored by Abel Construction, new kid-friendly attractions, new gaming booths, the famous chicken dinner, live music, and more!

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Creating families for St. Joe’s kids

Today, there are over 8,300 children in Kentucky's foster care system who were removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. That number continues to rise due to issues plaguing Kentucky that stem from poverty; largely the drug epidemic that is plaguing our families. The need for loving and safe homes is greater than it has ever been before. This May, join St. Joe's in celebrating Foster Care Awareness month by encouraging your family, friends, and co-workers to come learn more about the process of becoming certified as a foster parent or respite provider.

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Winter Newsletter

Read our latest newsletter for a celebration of the newest "forever families" created by our Foster Care and Adoption Program, recent activities our Residential children have participated in, the success of our Child Development Center, and one of our award-winning volunteers.

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What does “Giving Children a Home” mean?



The 48 children who call St. Joe’s home are between the ages of six and 14, and have already been in multiple foster homes. Our goal is to provide the children with the necessary tools to be successful in a family. Through individual treatment plans, intensive therapy, education and a normal home-like environment, children can begin the healing process. It is our mission to provide them with the life skills to move past their trauma and look forward to a brighter future. On average, children live at St. Joe’s about one year, and we have a 94 percent success rate of placing children with families.


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We give children a home by providing a continuum of care through our Foster Care and Adoption Program which serves children from our Residential Program as well as children of all ages, birth to teen. We currently have 50 certified families, and serve 42 children. In 2015, we served more than 200 hundred children in all three programs and created 15 forever adoptive families!


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St. Joe’s also boasts one of the best Child Development Center preschool programs in the city, which is offered to children in the general public and is a valued staple of the Crescent Hill community. Standards-based curriculum, an in-house enrichment program for infants through preschool (Music, Movement, Science and Art), and an excellent teacher to student ratio are all benefits of this fabulous program.


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Our goal is for the next home in our kids lives to be the final home.

Stu Pollard and Louisville Film Society release short film
with St. Joseph Children’s Home Press Release


2015 was a milestone year for St. Joseph Children’s Home

St. Joe’s is continuously seeking to provide quality care and maintain excellence. St. Joe’s will continue to evolve and adapt to the ever shifting climate of state funding and the needs of Kentucky’s children and families. However, St. Joe’s will continue to stay focused on the things we do well which is giving children a home and creating families for Kentucky. Thank you for continuing to be a part of our success.

AUGUST 11–12, 2017



St. Joseph Children’s Home
2823 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 893-0241
(877) 893-0241