Most children enter foster care due to neglect or abuse. Our purpose is to break the vicious cycles of abuse and neglect for every child in our care, replacing them with cycles of success.
Most children come to us through the state Department of Social Services (Children’s Division) from the surrounding counties. We do have a few private placements as well. By far, most of the children we serve come from Boone Co. (Randolph, Callaway, and Howard are the next.)
Annually, Coyote Hill serves approximately 50 or more children from central Missouri, with an average stay of nine to ten months.
Our homes provide long term stability for children and sibling groups until children can find permanent placements, either through reunification with biological parents or adoption.
Each home can accommodate up to eight foster children, plus our Home Parents often have biological children.
With four homes in operation, we can accommodate up to 32 children. In each home are full-time Home Parents who live there along with their own children and create a “one big happy family” type of atmosphere.
As much like any other child’s normal day as possible. Children awake to Home Parents who are there to love them, feed them and make sure they are prepared for a day at school or whatever activities the day may hold. During the school year, children come home and are fed a snack, given homework assistance, allowed time to play outside and just be a child. Nutritious meals are provided, instruction and encouragement are given, and kids interact with the Home Parents and other children in the home just like most children interact with their parents or siblings in a healthy home environment. During summer break, our kids go on family vacations with their home, attend camp, participate in summer sports and many other activities. Also, on any given day, you can find our children participating in our equine program with our equine specialist in the arena, or tagging along with our vocational skills instructor, learning anything from welding to weeding.
Absolutely. We do large group activities together frequently. Six Flags trip, BBQ on the 4th of July, field days, etc. are examples of a few of these. Yet each home is an individual family environment, doing their own family meals, activities, etc.
They attend our local public school, Harrisburg R-VIII.
All of our homes function as individual families, thus, Home Parents choose which church they feel will be a good fit for their family’s involvement.
We have had placements as young as infants and as old as 19. The average age of a child at Coyote Hill is ten.
Coyote Hill is located on nearly 200 beautiful acres, 20 miles north of Columbia just outside of Harrisburg, MO. On the property are four homes for children, our office & education center, our 14-stall Overton arena, Foutz Field (a baseball & soccer field), two fishing lakes, a large beach with swimming area & dock, mountain biking & horse riding trails, camping sites, large garden spot, an awesome sledding hill, and plenty of room to roam.
Since the completion of the 14-stall Overton Arena on our property in 2011, we’ve been able to maintain a herd of about 14 horses. We’ve also been able to add five shetlands/miniature horses, some which are trained for riding and some for pulling our pony cart. All 19 of these horses work with the children through our Equine Program.
Besides what is listed on our Services page, the children of Coyote Hill can also receive support from: mentors, their biological family, volunteers, case managers, interns, the Children’s Division, administration & development staff, staff at our local school district, The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri and our other facilities (Overton arena, Foutz Field, shop building, etc.)
Since our beginning in 1991, the majority (around 75-85%) of our funding has come from private individuals, businesses and churches. Generally, only between 15 to 20% of our revenue is provided by state funding. Events, grants and miscellaneous income provide the remaining amount of our income.
Our greatest need revolves around our increasing need of resources for the kids. Serving more children means we need more food; more fuel for transportation; more mentors for kids, etc. Everyone has something they can give to help children in need; time, talent, or treasure are resources we always need. One great way to help is by becoming a Parent Partner, who gives monthly to sustain the ministry through all seasons.