Applications for Family-Focused Care

We understand that the decision to seek out of home placement is often difficult and hope that our application form will help you with the first steps of the process.

Our online application form is easy to use and is set up in a way that allows you to save and continue your form later, until you are ready to submit the form.

As you consider this process, be aware that the form will ask you about your background including your education and work history, family circumstances, substance usage, legal involvement, in addition to basic information on your child(ren). You'll need to have this information handy as you proceed to use the online form.

Placement FAQ

What are the qualifications for the single mothers to apply?

We are looking for single mothers who are committed to improving themselves, their situations and want to enhance the future of their children, but require the means and help to accomplish this in their lives. Learn more about our Criteria for Service.

Do you do emergency shelter housing?

Children’s Hope is not a shelter, but a transitional living program. After submitting an application for the program, a staff member will contact you to arrange an interview. In the event that our program cannot meet your family’s specific need, we will refer your family to a better-suited program.

Do I have to have custody of all of my kids?

You must have at least one of your children in your care in order to qualify for this program.

Is the children’s father able to visit on campus?

Because many of the mothers that live on campus come from battered and abusive situations, we ask all contact and visitation with fathers will be off-campus.

Can I be pregnant and qualify for your program?

Unfortunately, we do not have the staff to give the extra care needed for the delivery/recovery process. Mothers may apply to our program after the child is six-weeks old. However, you are welcome to apply for the program and potentially interview before giving birth. If approved for Children’s Hope placement, you could potentially be added to a waiting list and move in after the six-week period.

Is there an age limit for my children?

Since two to three families are living in a cottage and the majority of people living on campus are women, boys must be 10 years old or younger at the time of admission.

Do my children have to go to public school?

Yes. While the children are at school, mothers are in school or at work.

I do not know much about church. What is required of me?

In order to enhance your family, you are required to attend the church of your choice.

Is there a cost?

Children Hope services are free to you and your children. This is our gift to assist you in becoming more self-sufficient.

My child has special needs. Will this hinder my application?

Not necessarily. Your child must be able to go to daycare or attend public school. In addition, each family has a private bedroom and bathroom, multiple families share a kitchen, living room, play room, and backyard in each cottage and when in need of transportation to school and work, multiple families ride in vans together. If your child is able to engage in this kind of environment, your application may still be considered.

Am I still a candidate for this program if I am on disability?

Mothers in this program are required to work and/or attend school 30+ hours per week. If a mother is receiving disability funds for herself, she will be restricted from being able to meet this requirement and will not qualify for the program. If she is receiving disability funds for her child, she may still be considered for the placement, as long as her ability to meet the requirements of the program is not hindered.

How long do families stay in the program?

Every 90 days, staff review the progress a mother is making in meeting her individual goals. If a mother is interested in staying another 90 days, she will make a written request for consideration by the team. As long as mothers are improving in school, at work and as a parent, we would like for you to stay until you can become self-sufficient enough to support your family.