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Palmer Home for Children

Palmer Home for Children

Columbus, Mississippi

Palmer Home provides superior care for children while introducing the love of God through service.

Palmer Home for Children provides loving and healing homes for children in need. The state’s foster care system cares for approximately 5,400 children, with dedicated caseworkers facing heavy workloads, which can leave children vulnerable and make it difficult to ensure they are receiving all aspects of holistic care. Palmer Home works to fill the gap. We are privately funded, allowing us to operate independently and in the best interest of our children.

Unfortunately, the need only grows. In 2018, Palmer Home for Children served a record 204 children. Thirty-four children, who were separated from their families for reasons beyond their control, are now able to reunite with their birth families and receive a fresh start. Additionally, three of our students graduated from high school, and six are in college.

The Mission

Established in 1895, Palmer Home provides superior care for children while introducing the love of God through our service to each child. Serving individual children and sibling groups, Palmer Home for Children provides a family and community to children in need regardless of race, gender or background, creating adequate family structure.

We focus on residential and family care. While newborns and infants who come to us are often able to be placed directly into one of our family care homes, most children who come to us benefit initially from the care offered on our residential campuses, as nearly 80 percent who come to us arrive having experienced one or more forms of abuse and/or neglect. The on-site counseling and small community help provide a safe healing environment. Palmer Children are welcomed into loving cottages, with the feel of a typical home and a set of caregiver parents who tend specifically to each child in their care.

What Would You Do with $5,000 and a Day of Service?

We would invest in our children’s education and life skills teachings, including financial literacy.  We strive to equip our children with the knowledge and skill sets needed to build confidence to not only change their trajectory but become contributing members of our community and the best version of themselves.