About UMCH

For nearly 150 years, The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) has been leading the effort to transform the lives of children and families in Georgia. Through our four programs, UMCH cares for and encourages the growth and healing of children, young adults and families in and affected by the foster care system of Georgia.

Built on industry best practices, our Christian faith and bold, new innovative approaches toward child welfare, our unique approach offers a holistic view of child welfare. Through our four regional offices, we provide traditional foster homes for children in the foster care system of Georgia, wrap-around support programs for young adults in the foster care system and housing and support for at-risk families. Our programs consistently rank among the highest in permanency, reunification, length of stay and child well-being allowing those we care for to have the best possible outcomes.

We are adamant that every person should have the opportunity to realize their God-given potential. When you partner with UMCH, you are changing the lives of the most vulnerable children, young adults and families in Georgia.

Our mission:

We restore children and families from trauma through Jesus Christ.

Our vision:

We envision a world where every child is raised in a loving, compassionate, and nurturing home.

Our History


The Decatur Orphan’s Home dedicated in Norcross to serve children orphaned from the war. It moved to Decatur in 1873.


A name change is approved changing The Decatur Orphan’s Home to The Methodist Orphan’s Home.


Residence peaks at 150 children in the 1950s and 60s.


Begin admitting children of other faiths and all races.


The state deemphasizes group homes for children under 5 and encourages foster care. UMCH’s group care ministry continues to thrive. Foster Care begins as one of the first faith-based licensed agencies in the state.


GA law requires timelines to return children to their parents or to terminate parental rights.


Campus-based group care is discontinued and Family Housing and Independent Living ministries are expanded.


Foster Care service is expanded out of a new Gainesville office.


Longstanding CEO Bev Cochran retires. He is lauded by child welfare advocates for his longstanding efforts to organize peer agencies who advocate for policies and practices that positively impact at-risk youth and families.


Rev. Hal Jones, an ordained Elder of the UMC, joins as CEO. Foster care grows from 80 children in care to 110 kids in care as a result of many new church partnerships. A new office is opened in Newnan to expand foster care south of I-20, thanks to our friends at Newnan First UMC.


UMCH moves from their campus in Decatur, GA to a new office facility in Tucker, GA.


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