For over 45 years, we have been serving the needs of at-risk youth—boys and girls ages 10-19. Almost all (98%) have suffered abuse, neglect, or abandonment. At the King’s Ranch Campus of King’s Home, we provide loving homes, spiritual development, educational assistance, and counseling for these young lives.
Serving Youth at Risk
Anthony came to live at King’s Home in March of 2011. He was angry, full of bitterness, and extremely rebellious against all authority figures. Anthony was “mad at the world”. He was disappointed and offended by the hand he had been dealt in life and lashed out at everyone around him. Because of this behavior, he had not been successful in any of his prior placements. Like many teenagers at King’s Home, this was the final stop and opportunity for Anthony, or he would be in a “lockdown facility”.
Anthony has matured greatly since coming to live at King’s Home. He has dealt with much adversity in his life, but through it all, he has persevered and achieved success. We are very proud of Anthony’s accomplishments and love bragging on him!
Anthony recently graduated from Shelby County High School and earned an Ambassador Scholarship to Jefferson State Community College. He is in the process of transitioning from one of our youth homes into our Transitional Living Program. He will continue to receive the support system he needs to help ensure his future success.
If you ask Anthony what made the difference; what that defining moment was when he knew he wanted to choose a different path – he will tell you it wasn’t a single moment. It was a multitude of moments modeled for him every day at King’s Home. The unconditional love and support he received from his house parents, even when he wasn’t being very loveable. It was knowing, regardless of any mistakes and failures; he would still have a place to call home – King’s Home!
King's Home Campus
The King’s Home youth program provides loving homes in a nurturing environment for boys and girls ages 10-19. They arrive through referrals from the Department of Human Resources as well as private placements from families.
Almost all of these children have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment. Few have attended school regularly or received spiritual guidance or adequate emotional support.
Due to their difficult lives, they often exhibit behavioral problems and emotional difficulties and often have trouble in school. Through our specialized program, we offer hope to these boys and girls by providing spiritual development, educational assistance and counseling services to help them succeed in life.
Admissions / FAQ
What are the ages of children eligible for your program?
What are some of the criteria for acceptance into the program?
Mild to moderate emotional or behavioral problems.
Child must be alcohol and substance-abuse free at time of entry.
Must be able to attend public school.
Where do the children come from?
Our youth come from a myriad of troubled backgrounds. Abuse, neglect, abandonment, discipline problems, and trouble with school are among them.
All families are in various stages of crisis.
Our youths are primarily from Jefferson and Shelby counties, but we serve the entire state of Alabama.
We have both privately placed individuals as well as those placed by the Dept. of Human Resources.
How long do the children stay?
The average length of stay is 8-12 months.
How many youth are in each home?
No more than 8 youth per home.
What is the adult supervision in the homes?
Each home has a full-time (24-hr) live-in married couple.
Where do you get your money?
60% of our funding comes from private sources: individuals, foundations, corporations, churches.
40% from monthly disbursements provided by the state of Alabama for individual children referred by DHR.
Do you charge for your services?
Yes, but there are no set fees. A sliding-scale based on income is used for families who are not referred by the state.
What are some of the services you provide?
Counseling (Individual, Family, Group)
Teaching Social, Academic and Basic Living Skills
College and/or Career Planning
Youth Services Contacts:
Jennifer Lackey, Operations Director, 205-775-1805,
Katheria Edwards, Executive Director for Youth Services, 205-775-1813,
Jennifer French, Youth Admissions Coordinator, 205-775-1811,
Sherry McLaughlin, Administrative Assistant - Youth Program, 205-775-1831,
Caroline Carmack, Girls' Counselor, 205-775-1821,
Adrian Riggins, Senior Site Director - Youth Program,
Angela Riggins, Senior Site Director - Youth Program, 205-775-1815,
Gary Galitz, Boys' Counselor, 205-775-1812, gary@KingsHome.com