Since 1893, Monroe Harding has been changing young people’s lives. We step in as a family, providing resources for Homes, Healing, and Opportunities, what we call the “H20” that is vital to helping young people succeed.  Monroe Harding’s programming is aimed at providing therapeutic care to move families beyond trauma, develop resilience and repair as individuals, and promote reconciliation when possible.  We seek to prevent youth from entering care and ensure that youth in care or exiting care have the resources they need to lead successful, independent lives. 

 

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Young adults in Monroe Harding’s Independent Living and Youth Connections programs share their experience in foster care and what it means to have someone believe in you.

126
Years

Since 1893, Monroe Harding has continually adapted to meet the needs of children who are in, or transitioning out of state custody, caring for more than 16,000 children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. Today, we are a healing community for youth and families as they move beyond trauma to experience hope. We are meeting this mission through four key programs serving young people who are currently in or are transitioning from the foster care system: Foster CareResidential ProgramsEducation & Workforce Development, and Therapy & Healing.

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In Their Own Words

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With an education, I can achieve what I desire the most.  I will achieve and try my hardest, so I can be who I want to be.

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I love being a foster parent for the rewarding feeling and gratitude of knowing I made a difference in a child’s life.

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I have people around to tell me when I’m doing good when I am, and motivate me when I’m not.

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I have never really had stability in my life.  While living with my Monroe Harding foster family, I’ve felt more love, support and stability in the past eight months than I have the past sixteen years.

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Two little boys, age 5 and 6, have moved over 10 times in their young lives… Feeling unwanted and unsure of where they would go next, they moved to their new home. After noticing the “wall of love” in the house, one of their first questions was, “When will we get our names on the wall?”

Abigail

Three-year-old Abigail recently moved into the home of one our foster families. Our wonderful foster parents, Jason and Liz, knew that Abigail was confused, shy and unsure, but were heartened to see how much she enjoyed being with their little girls, all around Abigail’s age.

The Gordons

We celebrate the Gordon family, who became richer in love three times over today. Natalie, Deacon and David (in the front row of the picture by their sister Sadie) were adopted today. The joy in their hearts was evident and it was wonderful to watch the brothers and sisters play together, laugh together and support each other.

The McKnights

Marla and George McKnight welcomed a brother and a sister into their hearts three years ago and today the judge made it official. Kaydee, is 3 years old, beautiful and full of spunk. Her older brother asked if he could change his first name, so we’re proud to congratulate eight-year-old A.J. on his very special day.

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We want you to meet Rosalind, also known to many as Roz! She has been using her talents at Monroe Harding for 16 years!!! Roz's passion did not start at MH. She explained how she remains positive, "𝗠𝘆 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗮 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽𝗲𝗱, 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗱, 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗱, 𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗯𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝘆 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗷𝗼𝗯 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗹𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝟭𝟵𝟴𝟯."

Roz also shared why she has remained at MH. "I love that Monroe Harding has maintained constant services that have touched so many lives over the 127 years of working with children and their families. Not many agencies have longevity and history. I enjoy working along with the staff that has the same dedication, determination, and compassion in making a difference in the lives of others."

Since May is Foster Care Awareness Roz wanted to share what she thinks makes a good foster parent?
"1.Be a social person willing to help instill hope in others in need.
2. Provide a safe and healing home with nothing in return.
3. Allow a young person the opportunity to have a quality of life that they can be proud of, by being their advocate, mentor, and supporter.
4. Encourage alternatives of what is right in spite of the person’s circumstance."

Those who are lucky enough to meet Roz, find out quickly how much she loves her family. "In my spare time I enjoy being with my daughter and the rest of the family for family dinner, family talks, game night, movie night or traveling with the immediate and extended family."

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Have you considered becoming a foster parent and would like to know more about what to expect?

𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝘂𝘀, 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟴𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝘁 𝟲𝗽𝗺 𝗼𝗻 𝗭𝗼𝗼𝗺. Learn more about the foster care system and hear from some current foster parents and their experiences with fostering children and youth through Monroe Harding!

𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗥𝗦𝗩𝗣 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲@𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗿𝗼𝗲𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴.𝗼𝗿𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘇𝗼𝗼𝗺 𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗸.

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