About the Presbyterian Home for Children

The Presbyterian Home for Children, located in Talladega, Alabama, has provided services to children in need since 1868. Originally founded as an orphanage, today it provides a wider range of services for children and their families.

Secure Dwellings is an on-campus ministry for homeless children and their female caregivers. We help these women reach the next level — education, life skills, job training, employment — by providing transitional housing, transportation, and access to social services. The goal is to provide a safe haven for children who have been homeless to rest, grow, and play while their parent or guardian works on developing the educational, vocational, and social skills necessary to become self-sufficient.

Transition to Adult Living is a ministry focused on helping young women ages 19-24 successfully transition to adulthood. These ladies dream of rising above their past situations; lives without poverty, domestic violence, and neglect. Program participants are given group and individualized training concerning budgeting, financial aid, job interviews, and even safe boundaries within relationships. We meet each young woman where she is on her life journey and assist her in mapping out and reaching her gpresoals.

Moderate Residential Care is provided for children who live on the 88-acre campus near downtown Talladega. Many are referred by the State of Alabama through the Department of Human Resources (DHR). Others are privately placed by families who recognize the need for outside help with a child’s behavioral or educational needs.

Hope Academy, the Home’s SACS-accredited on-campus school, meets the educational needs of both residents and private-pay students from the community who are attracted by the small class size and personalized attention of the school. As children come and go from campus, course credits are transferable to all schools and count toward graduation for older students.

Family Bridges offers assistance to families in need of Intensive In-Home Services in the East Central Region of Alabama. Our service area includes: Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph, St. Clair, and Talladega counties. Intensive In-Home Services is a dynamic process that focuses on achieving the outcome of successful permanency within a safe, stable family setting in a timely manner for children.

Family Preservation Application

Family Reunification Application

Ascension Leadership Academy provides the environment and atmosphere that creates the spark for students grades K-8 to learn through a culture of academics and leadership, how to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders in their community. The Academy features an accredited academic curriculum within a supportive environment and provides opportunities for all students to participate in the arts and a wide array of other activities.

Supportive Housing is a combination of affordable housing and supportive services designed to help vulnerable individuals and families use stable housing as a platform for health, recovery and personal growth. It focuses on balancing three distinct components: housing, supportive services and property & housing management. Supportive housing positively impacts a variety of stakeholders but at its core, focuses on improving the lives of its tenants through: housing, tenant satisfaction with services, increased income and employment, improved physical and mental health and community connections.

The Presbyterian Home for Children is a registered 501(c ) 3 non-profit serving children and families regardless of race, color, creed, gender, national origin or disability. The ministry is governed by a Board of Trustees elected in part by North Alabama Presbytery, the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley and South Alabama Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Our Mission Statement

The Presbyterian Home for Children, recognizing the changing needs of children with their caregivers and young adults who are transitioning to adulthood, provides a faith based safe haven through programs which nurture, educate, and equip them to become the fully functioning persons whom God created them to be.
(Adopted February 2, 2016)


Mr. George A. Fritsma
Trussville, Moderator

The Rev. Jonathan G. Yarboro
Wetumpka, Vice Moderator

Ms. Carol Copeland
Athens, Secretary

Mr. Newell Witherspoon
Huntsville, Treasurer

Mr. John W. Haley, Esq.
Birmingham, Legal Counsel

Mr. Benito M. Arellano

Mr. Tom Caddell, Esq.

Mr. Chuck Carneal

Mrs. Christie Cummings

Dr. Jim Davis

Ms. Lisa deShazo

Mr. Richard L. Dyer

Mr. Steve Hester

Mr. Al Hill

The Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Johnson, III

The Rev. Tom Lewis

Mrs. Susan A. Martino

The Rev. Robin W. Palmer
Huntsville, AL

Mr. Jim Runtz

Ms. Ki Seroka

Mrs. Mary Jane Skinner
Spanish Fort

The Rev. Dr. Taylor Todd

Ms. Cindy Wilson