New Vice President for Advancement and New Board of Directors Announced


Lisa Simon, Director of Marketing and Communications
(404) 974-9084
Tucker, January 16, 2018 – The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) welcomes Joshua Harrelson as Vice President of Advancement.


Joshua Harrelson 3As Vice President of Advancement Joshua will provide strategic leadership for all aspects of The Children’s Home development, fundraising and marketing initiatives that are aligned with the vision, mission and goals of the ministry.


Joshua brings several years of advancement experience, marketing strategy and fundraising success to The Children’s Home. He previously held advancement, marketing and strategic partnership positions at Point University, North American Mission Board and Atlanta Mission.


During his tenure at Point University, alumni giving doubled, year over year revenue grew by 33 percent and the donor acquisition rate grew over 10 percent. He also led the development of a new brand strategy at North American Mission Board.


An ordained minister, Joshua comes to The Children’s Home eager to engage in care, as Christ cares, with children and families who come from challenging situations and to be their advocate.


Joshua, a graduate of the University of Colorado and outdoor enthusiast, lives on a farm with his wife, Pattie, and their three children.


The United Methodist Children’s Home is also pleased to announce the appointment of longtime board member, Paul Rozeman, as board chair and the election of three new board members – Tom Elliott, Zoe Hicks and Alice Rogers.




The United Methodist Children’s Home was established in 1871 in Norcross, GA, to care for children orphaned during the Civil War, and has evolved to serve children and families in a ‘continuum of care’ model. It envisions a world where ‘all children are raised in a loving, compassionate and nurturing home.’ And it works every day toward its mission ‘to restore children and families from trauma through Jesus Christ.’ Since 1973, UMCH has cared for over 6,000 children in safe and loving foster care homes; it provides safe housing for at-risk young adults and prepares them to make positive life decisions and become productive, independent  citizens; and it strengthens and preserves at-risk families through safe housing and support services. Today, UMCH serves over 240 children and adults a day in 40 counties across North Georgia, and it delivered over 56,000 days of care in 2016. For more information visit

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 or (404) 327-5856 for additional information.

UMCH Welcomes Rev. April McGlothin-Eller


2017 April


The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) welcomes Rev. April McGlothin-Eller. Effective, August 1, April has been appointed to UMCH as our newest Church Engagement Manager based from our Newnan district office. April comes to UMCH as a Deacon in Full Connection and most recently served the church while appointed to Garrett-Evangelical Seminary where she led as Director of Development. Raised in New Orleans, April and her family have deep ties to Georgia—her husband, Rev. Vince McGlothin-Eller hails from Covington, GA.


April will partner in ministry with church leaders in the western and southern areas from The North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church to sustain our mission of restoring children and family from trauma through Jesus Christ.


Welcome April!



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.



Rev. Lindsey Solomon Joins The Children’s Home, Guides the Ministry’s Expansion Throughout Eastern Georgia

May 1, 2017


Rev. Lindsey Solomon has always had a passion for equipping the saints for the work of the Lord (Ephesians 4:12) and opening their eyes to the need around them.


Appointed by the Bishop and the Cabinet of The North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, Rev. Lindsey Solomon has joined The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) as church engagement manager. Reporting directly to Rev. Dave Allen Grady, director of church relations, Lindsey will lead The Children’s Home mission to restore children and families from trauma through Jesus Christ to congregations throughout eastern Georgia, with special emphasis in the Greater Augusta area.


lindsey_solomonOriginally from Woodstock, GA, Lindsey graduated from LaGrange College in 2005 with a BA in Religion.  She spent her college summer vacations as a counselor at Camp Glisson.  After college, she became a youth minister at Sam Jones United Methodist Church. In 2009, she went on to receive her Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology.  While in seminary, Lindsey was a youth minister at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church.  Lindsey was commissioned as a Provisional Elder at Annual Conference in 2014 and was appointed to serve at Kennesaw United Methodist Church as an associate pastor.


She and her husband, Kris, have three wonderful children and two dogs. Kris and Lindsey joined UMCH in ministry as foster parents in 2015 as they realized that the church has a tremendous responsibility and opportunity to support children and families who are experiencing hardship.


At the onset of Lindsey’s appointment to The Children’s Home, she will serve in ministry from the Decatur campus and relocate to Augusta this summer with her family.




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