2017 Christmas Wish List

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The Children’s Home 2017 Christmas Wish List is now available!


Santa Claus is very jolly as he’s preparing his sleigh of gifts for The Children’s Home! However, both Santa and The Children’s Home need your help to make Christmas Day and our annual Christmas Event (private event) very special occasions for those we serve – our families and children! We have approximately 140 children in our Foster Care program and an additional 40 youth and families in our TLP/ILP and Family Housing programs.


There are two great options for you to help make this a wonderful Christmas for our children and families. You can donate gifts from our Christmas Wish List OR contact The Children’s Home Christmas Coordinator to sponsor a child and/or family.


Please deliver your tax-deductible gifts to The United Methodist Children’s Home Tucker office on or  by Tuesday, December 12th. Delivery hours are  Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please ensure donated gifts are new and unwrapped for the security and enjoyment of the families and children we serve. Also, please place all gift cards inside envelopes, along with the accompanying receipts (and separate the gift cards from unwrapped gifts).


Requested Donations:
Visa gift cards
Amazon gift cards
Publix gift cards
Kroger gift cards
Infant and toddler clothing
Children’s clothing (up to children’s size 16)
Cloth and board books for infants and toddlers
Baby and toddler toys
Gender-neutral toys (arts & crafts, LEGOs, educational, pretend play, musical instruments, etc.)
Ride toys (toddler, age 4 and up)
Bikes (ages 4 – 8)
Bike helmets
Diaper bags
Pull-Ups (sizes 3,4,5,6)
Baby care supplies (crib sheets, baby gates, teething rings, safety items, pacifiers, etc.)
Sturdy suitcases or duffel bags
Dolls (emphasizing a variety of ethnicities)
Passes, tickets, memberships to local attractions
Books from our list of new foster homes:

  • Hootah’s Baby  by Joanne Green
  • One for the Murphys  by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Maybe Days  by Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright
  • Kids Need to Be Safe  by Julie Nelson
  • Families Change by Julie Nelson
  • The Whole-Brain Child  by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • The Connected Child by Karyn P. Purvis, David R. Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine


Passes, Tickets, Memberships

This year, please consider a gift that may ignite a budding passion or career! The families and children we serve are often excluded from activities they cannot afford. For example, tickets to an Atlanta Hawks or Silverbacks game, the movie theater, Zoo Atlanta, or the Georgia Aquarium allow them to experience events they may never otherwise experience without your help. Finally, please share this information with your neighbors, friends, and congregations. Your generosity and thoughtfulness go a long way with our families.


Feel free to download and share the PDF version  or the JPG version of our 2017 Christmas Wish List.
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Contact our Christmas Coordinator at christmas@umchildrenshome.org or (404) 327-5856 for additional information.

UMCH Wishes Foster Parents Robert and Gloria Osborn A Happy Retirement

Robert and Gloria Osborn
UMCH Foster Parents


Robert and Gloria Osborn have lovingly fostered more than 75 children over the past 19 years. The Osborn’s are deservingly retiring soon and The Children’s Home wishes this special couple a very happy retirement. The Children’s Home mission is to restore children and families from trauma through Jesus Christ. Our mission cannot be fulfilled without the Osborn’s dedication to fostering, along with our several other wonderful UMCH foster parents.


Today marks the last day of National Foster Care Month. The Osborn’s were featured in the spring 2017 edition Signposts that highlights three long-standing foster parents and their dedication to the ministry of fostering. As The Children’s Home wishes Robert and Gloria Osborn a happy retirement, we treasure their parting words of wisdom as shared in Signposts.


Robert and Gloria Osborn apparently like big numbers. They’ve been married for 45 years, have been members of the Ray of Hope Church for 30 years, and have seen 76 foster children come and go out of their Ellenwood home over the course of the last 19 years. The last one just left, when the child transitioned to another family for the purpose of adoption. But that doesn’t mean Robert and Gloria, who are both retired, are going to sit back and rest on their laurels. They continue to be active with The Children’s Home, supporting other foster parents, participating in training sessions, and, most importantly, serving as an example for future foster families as well.


What called you to become foster parents?

Gloria: My mother was a foster parent. I was young, and at the time, we lived in a two-bedroom house. The foster child was a little boy, and after a certain age, he had to leave because he had to have a separate bedroom. It hurt me when he left, and I never forgot that. I also had an aunt who was a foster parent, and we grew up knowing her foster kids. I think she had like 38 different kids.


What is the most challenging thing about being a foster parent?

Gloria: When the children first come, after being taken away from their home, they’re scared, and it takes you a while to get them comfortable. The saddest thing is the details of how they ended up coming into foster care and the things that were going on in the home, and hoping that their parents get their lives together.


What is the most rewarding part of being a foster parent?

Robert: When the kids come up to you and hug you and they tell you that they love you. And seeing them either going back home or going to be adopted.


How have your family, friends, co-workers, etc. reacted to your fostering all these years?

Gloria: The first thing they always say is that they couldn’t do this, that they would get too attached. And you do get attached. But our calling is to take care of them until they find a place for them. You get in your mind that you’re going to give them the best care and get them as stable as possible so that they’ll be able to move on to a better home. And you’re so busy trying to get them up to speed, because they’re so behind on where they should be in school, manners, and just all kinds of stuff, when they either get to go home or they’re adopted, you’re glad for them. And you know they’re going there being as stable as possible and being able to love the people.


What advice would you give to potential foster parents?

Robert: It completely changes your life. Gloria: You realize that there are so many children that are in dire need of help and in dangerous situations and that you can help them, and you can love them, and let them go on to a permanent situation knowing that you did the best you could for them. It’s a calling, for sure. God has put this in your mind. So you do what needs to be done to help them.


Do you have any additional thoughts regarding fostering you’d like to share?

Gloria: It’s an awesome experience. It’s amazing to see how the kids just blossom, and it’s like, wow, I helped do this.



Christmas Wishes Come True at The Children’s Home

On Saturday, Dec. 10, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived to The United Methodist Children’s Home for our annual Christmas event to celebrate the holidays with the families and children we serve. More than 300 foster families, family housing residents, volunteers and staff joined together to celebrate Christmas at The Children’s Home. Most importantly, your generous love, support, gifts, and donations helped make Christmas wishes come true for our families and children.


Special highlights:

  • 57 families participated in this year’s Christmas shopping event
  • Over 90 volunteers contributed countless hours of service on Saturday
  • 145 children took keepsake portraits with Santa and Mrs. Claus

As we celebrate this season of giving with our loved ones, the need for loving foster families has never been greater. There are more than 13,000 foster children in the state of Georgia this Christmas. Please consider opening your home to a child in need or making a tax-deductible gift this holiday season.

View our 2016 photo gallery


Photo credits: Melanie Jones and John Haugaard


Children’s Home Foster Care programs at a glance

The Children’s Home has served more than 100 foster  care children and youth in 2016  the Foster Care, Transitional and Independent Living programs, and our programs continue to help more youth for longer periods of time.


How you can help:

Help us recruit new foster parents. Spread the word to your friends and community that compassionate and nurturing foster families are needed.


Consider becoming a foster parent. Attend one of our informational meetings to learn more. IMPACT training, which is required for anyone wishing to foster or adopt through the State Foster Care System, is currently offered free of charge in our Decatur and Gainesville offices.


Learn more: Contact Denise Peacock in the Atlanta area; Contact Sondra Rogers in the Gainesville area; Contact Ashley Blocker in the Newnan area.


Q&A: The United Methodist Children’s Home New President and CEO Talks About the Present and the Future

Rev. Hal Jones, who has been the President and CEO at The United Methodist Children’s Home for just two weeks, starting on August 17th, shares enthusiasm about his new role and insights into the future of the ministry.


This interview was conducted on August 30, 2016 by Lisa Simon, Director of Marketing and Communications at The Children’s Home.


You’re invited to Fam Fest 2016



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