• WELCOME TO BLACK MOUNTAIN HOME – Begun by Rev. Robert Perry Smith in 1904 as Mountain Orphanage, the Home began its ministry taking in children whose parents had died or disappeared. Today, we serve youth from birth through college graduation and beyond through family foster care, residential care, transitional living, and independent living.

Our mission is to glorify God by caring for children and families.

Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families is a private, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We are not owned, managed, or governed by the state, except as licensing and other laws apply.

Children and Youth Served

After their homes are deemed unsafe or unhealthy, children are placed in our care by the court system and Department of Social Services in their home county. We serve children from birth through college age and beyond. Many of our children have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. Some may stay with us for only a few weeks, while others may spend a considerable part of their childhood in our care.

In 2019, Black Mountain Home served more than 150 children from Western North Carolina.

Service Area

Black Mountain Home primarily serves children from Western North Carolina; however, we will consider placement of children from throughout the Southeastern United States.

Accreditation

The Home has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).

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Our Values

Faith-Based

  • We seek to serve our Lord Jesus Christ for the Glory of God through the guidance of the Holy Spirit;
  • We hold true that each child is a child of God who deserves to feel great love, strength, and peace by being a part of God’s family;
  • We cherish the joys of the healthy childhood God plans for each child;
  • We face the challenges of bringing God’s healing to abandoned, abused, neglected, or orphaned children;
  • We take and encourage Spirit-led risks;
  • We honor our heritage with the Presbyterian Church and seek to broaden our relationship with the entire Body of Christ.

Programmatic

  • We are committed to treating each child like we would want our children and grandchildren to be treated;
  • We strive for each child to have a safe, happy, and permanent home;
  • We live with integrity and do what we say and promise to do;
  • We are strength-based: embracing, celebrating, and building on the gifts of everyone connected to the Home, especially the at-promise children in our care;
  • We seek to make informed program choices that provide a safe, protected, growth-oriented community for our children by using developmentally focused and competency centered practices;
  • We seek to be a racially and ethnically diverse community;
  • We strive to preserve sibling relationships, which we view as one of the most important relationships in a child’s life;
  • We have family-style homes in a supportive campus-based neighborhood;
  • We advocate for community-based opportunities that help our children make essential connections that further provide for their total needs.

Administrative

  • We practice good stewardship;
  • We are not afraid to be visionary;
  • We depend on the synergy of Christian staff and board members, as well as volunteers, donors, and other community partners;
  • We seek systematic and effective processes and the structure of relevant accreditation.

Revisions to this document were approved by the Board of Directors on May 15, 2014.

 

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