50+ years of transforming lives
Christian City was established in 1965 as a refuge for children in need of a loving home. A group of concerned citizens from area Christian Churches came together to build the first cottage for children on 50 acres donated by Dr. Bryon and Rose Marie Harper. More than five decades later, the campus has expanded in size and scope. In addition to providing family-style homes for children and families in crisis, a 24/7 Safe Place program for runaway and homeless youth, the Thrive transitional program for high school graduates, and the new Crossroads foster care & adoption program have been added. In addition to caring for children, the now 500-acre campus also offers vibrant affordable retirement living and health care services for nearly 1,000 senior adult residents.
We seek to meet their needs through four distinct programs:
Children’s Village is built on the Biblical foundation of family. Christian City Children’s Village supports this model of care with children and house parents living together as a family unit. Each child is given unique opportunities to develop as an individual and as an interdependent family member.
Crossroads is designed to find and equip wonderful families for children in need of a loving home. Each family is given specialized care and attention to ensure adequate training and support. Permanency is the ultimate goal for each child through either reunification with the child’s birth family or adoption.
Children’s Village has partnered with 26 QuickTrip Gas Stations in the metro-Atlanta area and the Union City Fire Department as designated Safe Place locations. As endangered youth enter the designated Safe Place locations and ask for help, trained staff members connect the endangered youth to The Children’s Village for proper assistance.
The Graduate Transition Program (GTP) is designed for young adults who have completed their high school education or equivalent while in our care—whether residing on or off campus. This program includes financial aid and supervision in career and life decisions.