Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children


1963 to 1972

Child Care Changes

The 1960s brought change through the nation and the child care ministry adapted to meet the changing needs of children. Instead of seeking custody of the children, the ministry gradually shifted to care for children through family or guardian agreements.

No longer were there orphans living at the Home, but instead children who were deprived, neglected or disturbed, who were products of a poor home environment, poor parenting or a family breakdown. The child's length of stay at the Home also decreased.

State laws now required that all workers be certified with a minimum of 25 hours of training. Interestingly, increased staff was needed to care for a reduced number of children.

Trading stamps were given to the Home to help purchase supplies.

Women in churches donated trading stamps to express their love for children at the Children's Home and Boys Ranch Town. In 1966, Woman's Missionary Union societies gave enough trading stamps to purchase a pick-up truck valued at $2,175. The next year, societies donated 2,500 trading stamps and the men's organizations gave $2,500, which was more than enough to purchase a school bus for the Children's Home. The largest trading stamp project, completed in 1970, provided the furnishings, fixtures, sidewalks and parking for the new Administration Building at Boys Ranch Town.

Changing times required more sophisticated forms of fundraising. In 1969, Boys Ranch Town asked for funding to pay for paved streets through direct mail, sending 9,000 letters to regular donors.

New laws impacted individuals who enjoyed giving food to help the children. The Home could no longer accept home-canned goods, due to licensing requirements. Instead, money was given, and staff at each campus purchased food.

Church offerings changed over the years as well. In 1971, the Child Care Committee of the Board of Directors of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma met to study the needs of the child care ministry. After much prayer, thought and discussion, the committed proposed that churches combine the Spring Offering and Thanksgiving Love Offering into one major offering, the Mother's Day Offering.

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