Merger Announcement


The United Methodist Home for Children merges with the Board of Child Care, a Maryland not for profit.

On April 10, 2019, the United Methodist Home for Children (UMHC), located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, merged with the Board of Child Care (BCC).  A Maryland legacy, BCC is a private not for profit organization that shares UMHC’s rich tradition of serving children and families through the social justice ministry of the United Methodist Church.   The merger transitioned UMHC to become the United Methodist Home for Children, a Board of Child Care program. 

“The partnership of UMHC and BCC will help both ‘sister’ organizations,” said Jeffrey Glass, MSW, LSW, Director of Programs in Pennsylvania. “We each have areas of expertise the other does not. As we come together, we will be able to learn from each other and grow together.”

UMHC was founded in 1917 by the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Church (now the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church) as an orphanage. Each day, the Mechanicsburg campus serves approximately 35 children between the ages of 12-20 using a collaborative trauma-informed approach to care. UMHC contracts with county Children, Youth and Family agencies to provide safe, residential care to youth and supportive services to their families.

Similar to UMHC, BCC began as three orphanages operated by the United Methodist Church in Maryland and the District of Columbia during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, it is a highly-respected provider of early learning, mental health and therapeutic residential services to more than 700 children and families across the Mid-Atlantic. Young people receive services backed with evidence-based best practices and supported by a national accreditation that reflects the highest standard of residential treatment services.

The Bishops of the governing United Methodist Conferences, along with the boards of directors of BCC and UMHC, enthusiastically supported the merger. The Pennsylvania State Attorney General has approved the merger as well.

For more on our merger celebration click here