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Early in the 20th Century, Mary Kendall, led her women's bible study group on a city wide revival with all denominations to help women and orphans. Today, the Adoption Program, located on the Owensboro Campus, still carries on with the original mission by helping families adopt children from around the world, as well as locally.

Adoption of Matteo
Mary Kendall Adoption • (270) 683-3723 phone
201 Phillips Ct • Owensboro • KY • 42303 (map/directions/hours)

Plans are currently under way to build a new campus in Nicholasville, Kentucky. In 2012, the Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth purchased farmland in Jessamine County to begin development of a new Residential Campus and Headquarters. Under the direction of Rev. Randy Coy, the goal is laid out in phases and based on raising funds for each process. Find out how you can help.


(859) 967-8502

In 1984, the Mary Kendall Home in Owensboro, Kentucky became a part of the Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth. Originally, Mrs. Mary Kendall created the home in 1904. Read more information about Mary Kendall Home history click here.

Mary Kendall Campus


KY United Methodist Children's Home • Mary Kendall Campus • (270) 683-6481 phone
201 Phillips Ct • Owensboro • KY • 42303 (map/directions/hours)

The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth opened in 1871. Today we have two campuses and serve more than 1600 youth per year through residential and community programs. Our on-site residential programs help children ages 12-18 with severe cases of abuse, neglect and trauma.

Kentucky United Methodist Children's Home
In 2005, our local neighbors Ruggles Sign Company, generously donated our lighted 8' tall road sign which they designed, built, and installed.

KY United Methodist Children's Home • Versailles Campus • (859) 873-4481 phone
2050 Lexington Rd • Versailles • KY • 40383 (map/directions/hours)
PO Box 749 • Versailles • KY • 40383 (mailing address)
Mary Kendall Bike FunD Day

Mary Kendall Bike FunD Day (Sept)

Golf Scramble Golf Scramble
Sign up on a team or become a corporate sponsor!
Annual Day Auction and Lunch Annual Day Auction & Lunch Donate items to sell at our auction! We'll have a lots of food, children decorate their rooms, and we will share music.
Childrens Advocacy Day at the Kentucky Capitol Children's Day at the Capitol
Children's Voice Newsletter

Get the latest stories, ways you can help, and information on upcoming events mailed to your house with our printed newsletter!


  Read stories about our children and alumni
Do you have questions about placing a child in our care?

A child between ages 12-18 is eligible for admission to our facility if they've been placed in some type of judicial system. For example, facilities such as detention, foster care or another residential facility. See more elibility requirements for each programs listed right.

Referral partners, Social Workers, Court Designated Workers and Placement Coordinators find answers here:
Eligibility Questions and Answers However, if your child has never been part of the judicial system and you need information or help, click here for recommended resources and website links for parents.

Both campuses offer Community Service Programs for children and families.


Looking for ways to volunteer? Please fill out our volunteer application. Then choose which campus, and speak with our volunteer coordinators to schedule a time and date.

Mail Room Volunteers
Volunteer your time to stuff envelopes!
  Landscape Volunteers
Volunteer time to help with landscaping!

We need volunteers continuously for landscaping, mowing, basic clerical work, cleaning, christmas room helpers and at special events to serve food, organize and direct guests. We also need professional help with painting, carpentry, upholstery repair, general sewing and asphalt paving.


Some more opportunities to help our Children's Home are listed below! We appreciate any items donated which we can sell at our Annual Day Auction! Also, you can purchase Christmas Cards with artwork by our children. We always appreciate prayers! Please add us to your prayer list!

Children's Day at the Capitol Join us for Children's Day at the State Capitol!
Large groups leave an impression in Frankfort! Each February we rally one day to advocate for today's youth and state funding.
  Methodist Children's Home Materials Become a Representative of our Methodist Children's Home at your church!
We mail you materials and information 4 times per year to share! Help us raise awareness and funds.

Kittawa Sprangs Dippin Sauce Buy Kittawa Sprangs
Dippin' Sauce!
Proceeds from the sale come directly to our Children's Home.
  Methodist Children's Home Golf Scramble Become a Corporate Golf Sponsor for our Scramble! Each year we hold a golf scramble to raise funds for both campuses.

Versailles Campus Residential Treatment & Emergency Shelter Programs

The Residential Program on the Versailles Campus of The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth is designed to help male and female adolescents, ages 12-17, many with histories of abuse, neglect, abandonment, and/or family trauma that have resulted in emotional or behavioral problems.

(See admission criteria for Residential Treatment)

(See admission criteria for Emergency Shelter)

Our Versailles Campus is a Child Caring facility, licensed and regulated by the Cabinet for Health Services, Office of Inspector General. Our license allows for Residential Treatment and Emergency Shelter with Treatment. Many of the youth we care for have had multiple placements prior to coming to our program. Our goal is to address the individual needs of the client and thereby stabilize them to build a better future.

Our licensed clinicians work with our youth, their guardians, and involved parents to develop a plan that is designed to achieve success in treatment. Trained Residential Youth Care Workers and Team Leaders provide 24 hour supervision and assist youth in establishing a healthy routine that allows for work on identified treatment goals.

Clinical Services on our Versailles Campus include:

Weekly Services:

  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Cottage groups

Specialty Services:

  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment (KYUMH is a licensed Seven Challenges┬« provider and also utilizes the MET/CBT therapeutic approach to treatment)**
  • Family Therapy
  • Social Skills Development Group
  • Grief and Loss Group Therapy*
  • Anger Management Group Therapy*
  • Sexual Abuse Survivors Group Therapy*
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)**
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)**
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)**
  • Play Therapy**
  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy**

*Specialty groups are based on the needs of youths on campus.
**Specific interventions are reviewed on an individual basis during the treatment planning process. Licensed clinicians providing TF-CBT, EMDR, DBT, Play Therapy, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy have additional training in those processes. Seven Challenges® and MET/CBT individual treatment and groups are facilitated by trained staff with oversight as required by licensees of that program.

Family Resources:

  • Fuel assistance for visiting parents/guardians
  • Overnight accommodations available for visiting parents/guardians (upon request)

Additional Information:

  • Referral to KYUMH Pre-Independent Living/Independent Living Programs (when appropriate)
  • Chapel on site, Part time Chaplain on campus
  • Recreational opportunities, on and off campus, throughout the year

Emergency Shelter Services are available within our Residential Treatment Program. We serve 12-17 year olds with more short term needs in our ES component. We accept Emergency Shelter referrals from DCBS and other state agencies working with youth in need of short term placement and treatment. Shelter residents receive the same professional services afforded those here for a longer term stay.

Multi-Disciplinary Treatment Team
Meets weekly to review the progress of each client

  • Licensed Clinical Therapists on site
  • Registered Nurse-24 hour access
  • Psychiatrist on campus bi-weekly
  • Dietician-monthly consults
  • Crisis response-24 hour on call for clients
  • Chaplain
  • Residential Youth Care Workers trained to supervise and provide the care and routine necessary for a safe environment

How to make a referral

Step 1:
Placement Coordinators and/or DCBS workers call or email a member of the KYUMH Clinical Services Residential Treatment Staff.

Step 2:
Fax referral information to 859.879.1153

Step 3:
A response will be provided within 24 business hours.

The Methodist Home Residential Treatment Program does accept referrals from private sources. If you would like more information click here (Private referral information)


Learn more about Versailles Campus



For child placement in
Emergency Shelter
call 859-983-6520

Jennifer Knight, LCSW
Clinical Director
(859) 873-4481 ext. 211

Carol Loose, LCSW
Clinical Therapist, Girls' Cottage
(859) 879-4025

Gene Mayes, LPCA
Team Leader, Boy's Cottage
(859) 879-4030

LeeAnne Thomas, CSW
Clinical Therapist, Boys' Cottage
(859) 879-4026

Katherine Dennis, BSW
Team Leader, Girls' Cottage
(859) 879-4031

Learn more about the Versailles Campus (click here)