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

and has been doing so since 1849.


It’s Picnic time!

The 169th Annual St. Joe's Picnic: For the Kids will be here before you know it! Avoid the ticket lines this year by purchasing them online. Pre-sale tickets for food, beverages, rides, and activities can be mailed directly to you (if ordered by July 31st) or can be picked up at will call via St. Joe's receptionist desk, any time before August 10th.

Make an impact this summer and sign up to be a picnic volunteer! Opportunities are available between August 9th-12th including set up, booth worker positions, and more. Both individual and group opportunities available for all ages! Start your tradition of volunteerism today!

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Billy’s Bake Sale

SJ kid, “Billy,” (age 11) has lived at St. Joe’s for five months and struggles daily with Tourette’s syndrome. Billy was adopted at 18 months old but was given up to state’s custody by his adoptive parents because of his complex medical issues. His family said that they would not have adopted Billy if they knew he would “turn out this way” and have no further contact with him. Since coming to St. Joe’s, Billy has shown amazing therapeutic growth in the areas of speech, cognition, and emotion regulation. This spring, he learned of the state wide protest to the government’s budget cuts to education and wanted to do something to help his teachers. He didn’t feel it was right for his teachers to pay for most of their class materials and decided to host a bake sale to raise money for the school. Join us by baking an item and/or attending the bake sale on June 21st. As Billy says, “Have a bake sale, change the future!”

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St. Joe’s Society Luncheon

The Board and Staff of St. Joseph Children’s Home cordially invite you to attend the St. Joe’s Society Luncheon on June 21st, 2018 at 11:00am. See event flier for details.

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What does “Giving Children a Home” mean?


St. Joe’s provides stability and treatment for some of Kentucky’s most vulnerable children. The Residential Treatment program is licensed to serve 48 children, ages 6-14 years old. The children who call St. Joe’s “home” were removed from their biological families due to significant abuse and neglect. They have lived in approximately 12 different places (i.e., emergency shelters, foster homes, etc.) before arriving at St. Joe’s and on average, live at the home for one year. St. Joe’s becomes an extended family for many children and it is not uncommon for a child to say, “For the first time, I feel safe.”


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This program serves children from infancy to 21 years old who are currently placed in Kentucky’s foster care system. The St. Joe’s foster care and adoption team recruits and trains families from the community to become foster parents while also providing 24/7 support to meet the various needs of its foster families. It continues to facilitate one of the largest number of adoptions of any private child caring agency in Kentucky.


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St. Joe’s 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 and an excellent teacher to student ratio are all benefits of this fabulous program. The CDC also features an in-house enrichment program for 2-5 year olds (music, movement, science and art), including Minds in Motion and a miniature farm-to-table garden experience!


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

St. Joseph Children’s Home is proud to announce the appointment of Chris Whelan as the new President of the Board of Trustees. Chris is a great community advocate who’s leadership and compassion fits perfectly with St. Joe’s mission of “Giving Children a Home.”


2016 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 10–11, 2018



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