The mission of Catholic Charities Children's Residential Services is to foster and promote services for children and families to enhance their growth and development.
Client Focus We believe that our primary responsibility and commitment is to respond to the needs of persons entrusted to our care. We will respond to these needs utilizing a holistic treatment approach that is family focused. We will be respectful of each person’s uniqueness.
Respect We will be committed in all our endeavors to the respect and dignity of those individuals we serve. We will strive for the best possible working relationship based upon respect with regard to race, culture, religion, age, creed, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or disability.
Commitment We believe that it is important that all staff share values and goals that are consistent with the organization’s mission and objectives. We expect that staff will exhibit a strong “we” attitude and will do their fair share of the work. We expect staff to develop supportive relationships and to represent the organization in a professional manner.
Teamwork We believe that teamwork is the basis for the success of our programs. We will emphasize that all members of the organization work together to accomplish our common goals. We believe that through cooperative teamwork, employees and clients will reach their optimum potential. We believe that through a high level of sharing of individual knowledge, skills and abilities all team members and clients will flourish.
Growth and Development We believe that the goal of our service provision is to facilitate the growth and development of those we serve. We strive for those we serve to learn the skills necessary to become contributing, independent members of their communities. We will utilize all available resources to maximize this growth and development.
Honesty and Communication We believe in open, direct, concise and honest communication. We will strive for this honesty and openness at all levels of interaction. We will emphasize expression of feelings, beliefs, attitudes, and values relative to the tasks and functions of the organization.
Accountability and Excellence We will strive to be accountable to those we serve. Not only will we remain open to scrutiny, but we will also encourage it through active solicitation of feedback. An emphasis on quality will be the basis for our on-going self-assessment. Established and recognized standards of excellence will be the benchmark of our evaluative efforts. We will further strive to be a leader in these standards. We will expect that all employees perform their duties in a manner which reflects these standards.
Catholic Charities St. Cloud Children’s Home is licensed through the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
We are members of:
Minnesots Council of Child Caring Agencies
Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Residential Care of Children
Our Food Program follows USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Please see our Wellness Policy
While services are provided to any child, services are provided through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Residents are referred to Catholic Charities St. Cloud Children's Home by hosptials, private clinicians, school districts, community corrections programs, county social services and self-referral by individual families.We work with young people from Minnesota and surrounding areas.
For specific referral and admission paperwork, please choose from the services below:
Residential Mental Health Assessment Services
Residential Mental Health Services
Secure Mental Health Services, provided in St. Cloud, Minnesota
Secure Mental Health Services, provided in Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Early records show the organized care of orphans by the Benedictine Sisters in 1875 in Saint Joseph. In 1900 the care of orphans was given to the Franciscan Sisters in Little Falls at the St Otto’s Orphanage. In 1924 a new facility, the Saint Cloud Orphanage was opened on the banks of the Mississippi River south of the city of St Cloud. Promoted by Bishop Joseph Busch the facility was considered “cutting edge” and advertised across the United States.
For the next forty years the Franciscan Sisters raised money for and took care of orphans and children whose parent(s) could not care for them. Vegetable gardens, crop fields, a dairy operation and donations made the orphanage self-sustaining.
By the 1960’s care for orphans in the United States had moved away from the orphanage model. The facility transitioned to providing residential care and counseling for children with mental health and behavioral issues.
As the needs of children became more complex the Saint Cloud Children’s Home (its name since 1953) added therapeutic programing within a highly structured 24/7 environment. Professionally trained and credentialed staff were hired, public school districts began to meet the education needs of the students and an increased role for the laity resulted in a declining presence of the Franciscan Sisters.
In 1980 the Saint Cloud Children’s Home merged into Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Saint Cloud.
In 1989 we developed a program in Fergus Falls for the highest need children. In 2006 we designed and built our first Intensive Treatment Unit. Our second Intensive Treatment Unit will open in mid-2014 on the Saint Cloud Children’s Home property.
In the 1980’s we also established several “day” programs, in schools and on the grounds of the Saint Cloud Children’s Home. These programs are built around a school day and environment, combining mental health with academic programing, with the children returning home each evening.
90 years after it opened its doors, the care of children continues on the same banks of the Mississippi
River and in communities and schools across the Diocese. Much of that work occurs through other programs of Catholic Charities.