News & Events

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from all of us here at the United Methodist Children’s Home! Thank you for all you do for our children and families at Christmas and all year long.

Staff spell UMCH at Christmas photo booth

UMCH staff members spell out “UMCH!” at the photo booth during our staff Christmas party.

Pray with us during Advent

One of the best ways you can be a part of the ministry of the United Methodist Children’s Home is to pray with us. We’ve put together a calendar you can use throughout Advent to know how to specifically pray for our children and families.

Advent Prayer Calendar 2011

Click here for a printable calendar.


Thank you for caring about those we serve!

We’re still giving thanks

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

—Melody Beattie


I read this quote today, just before I stepped into a meeting where much gratitude was expressed. First, we took time out to thank our Auxiliary. They put on three flea markets a year and spend hours-on-end collecting, repairing, cleaning and ticketing items to sell at those flea markets. And it’s all for our children. We are grateful.



Then our Foster Care Recruiter, Denise Peacock, shared her thankfulness with the group. In the last six weeks, we’ve added five new foster homes! (An interesting fact: in this group is the youngest foster family we’ve ever approved – they’re in their late 20s; a couple in their 60s; and a single woman who is a school teacher. Foster families come in all shapes and sizes!) Also in the last six weeks, three children were adopted – two 10-year old twin boys, and one eight-year-old who is medically fragile. We rejoice and give thanks for these three children who have found their forever families.


Thanksgiving may be over, but the gratitude keeps flowing at the Children’s Home. We continue to be thankful for all of you who make possible our work on behalf of these children and families. Thank you for turning countless houses into homes.


-Julie Tiemann

P.R. Coordinator

Save on taxes while helping our children!

Save on taxes AND help children at the United Methodist Children’s Home with the 2011 Charitable IRA Rollover Extension!


The 2010 tax act extended a benefit for certain IRA owners who are 70½ and older. Through December 31, 2011, tax-free distributions of up to $100,000 per taxpayer can be made from IRAs (traditional or Roth) to charities by individuals 70½ and older. These distributions can also be used to satisfy annual required minimum distributions (RMDs).


In lay-person’s terms, that means that you can give money from your IRA to the Children’s Home and you won’t have to pay taxes on those funds, even on funds that you were required to take as a distribution. If you’ve already been thinking about making a gift to the Children’s Home, giving through your IRA instead of writing a check can help you save on taxes.


Thank you for your gifts! Contact Richard Puckett (404.327.5838) with any questions.


Certain other requirements may apply.  Check with your attorney, accountant, or other professional consultant for details.

Celebrating adoption!

November is National Adoption Month, and the Children’s Home was honored to host an event celebrating adoptive families.*


The children enjoyed jumpy houses and a petting zoo outside:

Little girl and her daddy at the petting zoo


Toofpik the clown once again wowed children and adults alike with his balloon art:
Toofpik the clown makes a balloon animal


Sponge Bob balloon


We heard fun stories:


And had fun visitors:
George, the dog


little boy pets the dog from the library


Children could have their faces painted…
Face painting


Or get paintings of their faces:
Caricature artist


Everyone got a chance to make some music:


And even little ones got in on the action:
Little girls dance and sing



And, of course, there was food and time for fellowship with other adoptive families. We had a blast, and we hope all the families did too. Yay for adoption!


*The annual event is put on by GALAA (Georgia Association of Licensed Adoption Agencies), of which UMCH is a member.

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