St. Joseph Children's Home

2823 Frankfort Ave
Louisville KY  40206

Phone: (502) 893-0241

St. Joseph Children's Home

St. Joseph Children’s Home (SJCH) is a nonprofit child caring facility licensed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. SJCH was founded in 1849; SJCH began as a result of members of the German-American Catholic parishes wishing to care for orphans whose parents died in the cholera epidemic that started the year before. Originally called the St. Joseph Orphanage, SJCH has served over 75,000 boys and girls. SJCH has consistently adapted to the needs of the community and now serves children through 3 programs, the Therapeutic Residential Treatment Program, the Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption Program, and the Child Development Center. SJCH serves children in all counties of Kentucky, regardless of nationality, race, or creed.

The Therapeutic Residential Treatment Program is licensed to serve 40 children at a time. The children come from home environments threatened by neglect, abuse, violence, and poverty. Many of the children have been in emergency shelters, psychiatric hospitals, residential facilities, and multiple foster homes. The children have experienced malnutrition, insufficient medical/ dental care, and/or limited social interactions.

The Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption Program serves about 65 each year. They are victims of trauma and have suffered neglect, physical, mental and/or sexual abuse. About 32% of the children served come from the Therapeutic Residential Treatment Program at SJCH, and all are wards of the State and are referred to SJCH by the Department of Community Based Services. In 2010, SJCH TFC facilitated the largest number of adoptions of any private child caring agency in the state.

The Child Development Center is licensed by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, serving approx. 170 children through 5th grade. The CDC participates in the STARS for KIDS NOW, a voluntary above-licensing quality assurance program operated by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.



St. Joseph Children’s Home is a nonprofit child caring facility licensed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

"Giving children a home."

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Founded: 1849

Categories: Charity Organization, Child Protective Services, Youth Organization




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Past Events

169th Annual St. Joe's Picnic: For the Kids

169th Annual St. Joe's Picnic: For the Kids
05:00 pm - 08/10/2018

At St. Joseph Children's Home

For 169 years, generations of friends and family gather every August for the annual picnic at St. Joseph Children’s Home to play games, visit, eat, drink, and...

Information for Certification

Information for Certification
05:45 pm - 11/07/2017

At St. Joseph Children's Home

Come learn more about the process of becoming certified as a foster parent or respite provider! Informational meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at...

Sunny's Sol Fest

Sunny's Sol Fest
01:00 pm - 10/01/2017

At St. Joseph Children's Home

Sunny’s Sol Fest (formerly known as PITTY FAIR!) will take place at St. Joseph Children’s Home on Sunday, October 1st, from 1PM-7PM. Sunny’s Sol Fest is Saving...

St. Joe's Eat and Greet

St. Joe's Eat and Greet
11:00 am - 09/21/2017

At St. Joseph Children's Home

St. Joe's kids and staff cordially invite you to tour St. Joe's campus and facilities as well as learn more about our important mission: Giving Children a Home....

Give for Good Louisville - St. Joseph Children's Home

Give for Good Louisville - St. Joseph Children's Home
12:00 am - 09/14/2017

At St. Joseph Children's Home

On September 14th, you will have 24 hours (one day!) to give where your heart is! To support St. Joe's kids and families, go to giveforgoodlouisville.org/organizations/st-joseph-children-s-home...

The 168th Annual St. Joe's Picnic: For the Kids

The 168th Annual St. Joe's Picnic: For the Kids
05:00 pm - 08/11/2017

At St. Joseph Children's Home

We hope you will join us for some family fun at the 168th Annual St. Joe's Picnic to help raise needed funding for the children and families served by St. Joe's....

St. Joe's Eat and Greet

St. Joe's Eat and Greet
11:00 am - 07/13/2017

At St. Joseph Children's Home

St. Joe's kids and staff cordially invite you to tour St. Joe's campus and facilities as well as learn more about our important mission: Giving Children a Home....

Eat and Greet

Eat and Greet
11:00 am - 06/22/2017

At St. Joseph Children's Home

Community members are invited to tour St. Joe's campus and facilities as well as learn more about our important mission, "Giving Children a Home." This includes...

Foster Care Information Session

Foster Care Information Session
05:45 pm - 06/13/2017

At St. Joseph Children's Home

Each month, hundreds of children are entering the foster care system because they had to be removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Currently, there...

St. Joe's Fund Day!

St. Joe's Fund Day!
03:00 pm - 05/24/2017

At St. Joseph Children's Home

Take the opportunity to treat your family and friends to some delicious pizza from Boombozz Craft Pizza and Taproom in St. Matthew's, KY on May 24th and 25th. By...

St. Joe's Eat & Greet - April 20th, 2017

St. Joe's Eat & Greet - April 20th, 2017
11:30 am - 04/20/2017

At St. Joseph Children's Home

You are invited to tour St. Joe's campus and facilities and learn more about our important mission of "Giving Children a Home." This includes lunch prepared by our...

Foster Care and Adoption Training: Session II

Foster Care and Adoption Training: Session II
06:00 pm - 04/11/2017

At St. Joseph Children's Home

If not you, then who? If not now, when? More than 8,000 Kentucky children are in the state foster care system and that number continues to rise. These children have...

Foster Care Information Session

Foster Care Information Session
05:45 pm - 04/04/2017

At St. Joseph Children's Home

Come learn more about the process of becoming certified as a foster parent or respite provider! Informational meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at...

Lunch and Learn, Presented by Holy Cross High School

Lunch and Learn, Presented by Holy Cross High School
11:30 am - 03/02/2017

At St. Joseph Children's Home

Please come join us to learn about child abuse and neglect – there will be free pizza, cookies, and drinks. This event has been organized by Elizabeth Newton and...

Strike out child abuse!

Strike out child abuse!
08:00 pm - 02/18/2017

At St. Joseph Children's Home

Join us for some family fun this Saturday, February 18th by striking out child abuse and neglect at Dixie Bowl from 8PM to midnight. Your contribution will help...

St. Joseph Catholic Orphan's Society Meeting

St. Joseph Catholic Orphan's Society Meeting
07:00 pm - 02/01/2017

At St. Joseph Children's Home

St. Joseph Children's Home cordially invites current society members to attend the annual St. Joseph Catholic Orphan's Society meeting to discuss major accomplishments...

Eat and Greet

Eat and Greet
11:30 am - 01/19/2017

At St. Joseph Children's Home

You are cordially invited to tour St. Joe's campus and facilities and learn more about our important mission, "Giving Children a Home." This includes lunch prepared...

2016 Santa Baby Flashmob

2016 Santa Baby Flashmob
04:00 pm - 12/18/2016

At St. Joseph Children's Home

St. Joe's invites you participate in 2016's Santa Baby Flashmob this coming Sunday! We are dancing to raise much needed baby supplies for children in the Foster...

St. Joe's Foster Care and Adoption Info Session

St. Joe's Foster Care and Adoption Info Session
05:45 pm - 12/06/2016

At St. Joseph Children's Home

The reality is that there are always more children in need than there are available foster families. St. Joe’s needs families interested in both fostering and...

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