Tradition of Caring
The St. John’s Home for Children is a Family-Centered, Community Focused residential facility for boys.
Providing a Safe Environment for Boys
Working with Integrity, Building Trust and Relationships
St. John’s Home for Children is a leader in delivering innovative and therapeutic services, in collaboration with our community partners and resources, to promote healing and growth for our children and families to promote family prosperity and resilience.
The St. John’s Home for Children believes in and promotes the following values on which we stand as we strive to carry out our Mission:
- F – Family is of fundamental importance in the life of every child.
- A – Accountability at all levels
- M – Making positive memories for our boys with meritorious standards and mentoring family values.
- I – Integrity, innovation, and improvement
- L – Love, Dignity and Respect for our clients, their families, and one another.
- Y – YES, we can.
The St. John’s Home for Children and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is committed to the protection of its children and young people. The Diocese complies with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People by maintaining an Office of Safe Environment.
To report an incidence of suspected child sexual abuse, please contact your local law enforcement agency, or you may confidentially contact the West Virginia Bureau for Children and Families/Child Protective Services by calling the Child Abuse Hotline at 800.352.6513.
To report suspected cases of sexual abuse by personnel of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to the Diocese, please contact one of the Bishop’s designees at 888.434.6237 (toll free) or 304.233.0880: Sister Ellen Dunn, ext. 264; Mr. Bryan Minor, ext. 263; Msgr. Frederick Annie, ext. 267, or Msgr. Anthony Cincinnati, 270.
For more information on the Diocese’s Office of Safe Environment, please go to www.dwc.org, then click the “Diocese” tab, then click “Office of Safe Environment” under the “Offices” menu.
To learn more about the Catholic Church’s efforts in preventing sexual abuse of children in the United States, please visit www.usccb.org. Under “Issues and Action,” click “Child and Youth Protection” from the drop down menu.
Our goal is to help the children we serve to return to healthy, happy homes. This may be reunification with their natural family, kinship care, or placement into a foster/adoptive home. To facilitate this, the goal and objective for each child and his forever family are clearly established in the beginning. Involving the final placement family helps to facilitate the child’s progress throughout the treatment process.
The average length of stay usually ranges from six to nine months but may be longer or shorter depending upon the individual child. Program staff work closely with families, school personnel, WVDHHR caseworkers, CASA workers, and other community professionals and systems to help assist in smooth transitions.
St. John’s Home for Children considers its efforts a short-term success when the following outcomes can be observed as based on the agency’s Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) logic model and as determined by the clinical treatment team which includes the child, his parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s), the WV DHHR or placement worker, and the St. John’s Home staff:
1. 75% of the youth placed with us (for at least 90 days) and family achieve or make progress on 75% of targeted treatment plan objectives as measured by our monthly treatment plan tracking sheets.
2. 80% of our boys make improvement in their level of functioning as measured by the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS).
3. 90% of our boys attain/maintain a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) as measured by Ohio County School’s report cards.
4. 100% of our boys are discharged to a lesser restrictive environment as measured by discharge placement.
5. 80% of our boys demonstrate a decreased level of involvement in high-risk/critical incident behavior from time of admission to time of discharge as measured by critical incident reports/service documentation.
Evidence of long-term efficacy of St. John’s Home for Children’s program will be the clear demonstration of a successful reunification of the family for at least one year.