Our residential group care program provides a loving, nurturing environment for children who, often through no fault of their own, are in need of a more stable home, a family and the opportunity to just be children.

Overseen by Christian house parents, our residential group care homes provide a positive family environment for boys and girls ages six to 18.

Children in this program live on our beautiful 70-acre campus in the heart of Mount Dora in modern, well-equipped group homes such as the Thompson House and Lugar House. Each group-care house includes areas where students can study, play and relax in a secure and comfortable setting.

We strive to provide an environment where every child has the opportunity to develop his or her God-given talents and mature into productive young adults. This includes training in independent living skills and leadership development. Most importantly, we provide a place where children can discover God and grow spiritually. Prayer, Bible study and dorm devotionals are an important part of life at Mount Dora Children’s Home. Our children and house parents attend church together on a regular basis and children are encouraged to participate actively in their local church’s youth group.

The Mount Dora Children’s Home is fully accredited and licensed by the State of Florida to place and provide care for children. We are an active member of the Christian Child and Family Services Association. Since our founding in 1945, we have made life better for hundreds of children who need to see that caring and love do exist in a world that often seems unfair.

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We serve boys and girls between the ages of six and 17 in our residential group care program.

Residential Group Care Services

  • Housing in a residential group home
  • Loving, Christian house parents
  • Meeting basic needs such as clean clothes, a warm bed, and home-cooked meals
  • Enrollment at Mount Dora Christian Academy
  • Tutoring for classes
  • Weekly professional counseling as necessary
  • Medical assistance
  • Transportation to church, doctor visits and other errands
  • Participation in recreational and cultural enrichment activities
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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is served by your residential group care program?

We serve boys and girls between the ages of six and 18 in our residential group care program. We have two group homes currently in use. Thompson House is designed for eight girls and Lugar House is designed for six boys. These homes are located on our 70-acre campus in Mount Dora, Florida.

What kinds of children (behaviors and backgrounds) do you serve in this program?

Our program offers care to children from many different backgrounds. These include children coming from dependent or neglected backgrounds who may have been exposed to physical and/or sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, and dysfunctional or broken family lifestyles. We also serve children who have little hope of reconciliation with their parents/guardians and need a comfortable, stable, structured and supportive living environment and who have demonstrated an inability to function and handle the emotional demands of their current living environment. Children who meet these qualifications are candidates for our program.

What services are provided to children in your group care program?

Residents attend Mount Dora Christian Academy, located on the same campus as Mount Dora Children’s Home. The Academy is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges and a member of the National Christian School Association. In addition to receiving a quality private education, the children in our residential group care program receive private tutoring, individual or group therapy by a licensed counselor, testing and psychological evaluations as needed, career/college planning, and training in independent living skills by trained child-care workers. Each home is staffed by Christian house parents who offer guidance and stability in a family-like setting. Children and house parents attend church together and children are encouraged to take an active role in youth groups and other church activities.

If you or someone you know is interested in our group care homes for children, please contact Chuck Shepherd, director of social services, at 352-383-2155, Ext. 264, or by email at chuck.shepherd@mdchome.org.

If you or someone you know is interested in our group care homes for children, please contact Chuck Shepherd, director of social services, at 352-383-2155, Ext. 264, or by email at [email protected]

What is the cost to the parents or guardians?

No child is refused admission to our residential group program because of the inability of the parents or guardians to pay the full cost of care. Payment is based upon a sliding fee scale.

Can you describe the admission process?

The parent/guardian can fill out the online application or contact the Mount Dora Children’s Home Social Services Department at (352) 383-2155 to speak to a social worker. Once the application has been completed and an assessment of the situation has been reviewed you will be contacted for additional information, and if appropriate, an interview will be scheduled. After completing the paperwork and interview, an admission decision will be determined. When considering a child’s admission, we will judge every child without regard to race, color, sex, handicap, age, religion or national origin.

How is your institution licensed?

Mount Dora Children’s Home is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and is fully licensed by the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families as a Child-Caring and Child Placing Agency. The agency also is a member of the Christian Child and Family Services Association. We have been serving children continuously in Mount Dora since our founding in 1945.

Who has custody of the children while they live at Mount Dora?

When a parent/guardian enrolls a child in our residential group care program, the parent/guardian retains custody. Mount Dora Children’s Home does not seek custody of any child placed in our program.

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