Children's Home

What is Coyote Hill’s greatest need?

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.

How is Coyote Hill funded?

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.

What other supports do you offer?

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.)

How many acres does Coyote Hill have?

Coyote Hill is located on nearly 300 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.

What is the average age of the children?

We have had placements as young as infants and as old as 19. The average age of a child at Coyote Hill is ten.

Where do the children go to church?

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.

Where do the children go to school?

They attend our local public school, Harrisburg R-VIII.

Do the homes interact and do things together?

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.

What does a normal day look like?

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.

How many children are on the property?

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.

How many children are in each home?

Each home can accommodate up to eight foster children, plus our Home Parents often have biological children.

Where do children go when they leave?

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.

What is the average stay?

Annually, Coyote Hill serves approximately 50 or more children from central Missouri, with an average stay of nine to ten months.

From where do the children come?

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)

Why do children come to Coyote Hill?

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.

Foster Care

How long does it take to become a licensed foster parent?

The typical timeframe to become a licensed foster parent is approximately 4-6 months. This includes all training requirements, background checks,  the home study process, and CPR/First aid certification.

What trainings are required to become a Coyote Hill foster parent?

The main training to become a licensed foster parent is STARS – a 27-hour course designed to introduce potential foster parents to foster care. CPR/First aid training is also required before licensing can be completed.

What does it cost to become a foster parent?

The costs associated with becoming a foster parent are minimal. All required training is provided for free. You may have to pay a copay for physicals or medical documentation.

How long after we are licensed will we receive placements?

It could be right away or it could a few weeks or months. It depends on various things, such as the age range you are willing to take, or the needs of the children that come into care.

How many children could be placed in our home?

Currently, a traditional foster home can house up to six children in their home. However, this includes any biological children who are already in the home.

How long are children in foster care?

On average, children are in foster care approximately 24 months in the State of Missouri.

What ages of children are in foster care?

The average age of children in foster care in Missouri is between 9 and 10 years old.

Do I have to put the children in my care on my health insurance?

No. All foster children qualify for Medicaid.

Can we foster to adopt?

Yes, many foster parents choose to adopt children who have been in their care.

What if we don’t want to adopt? Can we only foster?



How big is Overton Arena?

Overton arena has two sections. There is a 90’x72’ barn that has 14 horse stalls, a hot/cold wash rack, tack room, barn office, kitchenette, bathroom, hay storage, and dry storage. Directly connected is a 10’x120’ indoor riding arena with sand footing, and four “temporary stalls” in the indoor arena.

Who rides at Overton Arena?

Every child at Coyote Hill has the opportunity to come to the barn once a week to spend time with the horses. In addition, Coyote Hill enjoys sharing the services of Overton Arena with similar ministries that would benefit from equine therapy. 

How do you get your horses?

All of Coyote Hill’s horses have been acquired through donations. While we would love to open our doors to every horse that needs a new place to live, not every horse is a good match for our program. More often than not, our ability to accept new horses is based on the number of openings we have available.

How many horses do you have?

Coyote Hill has 18 head of horses. Three miniature horses, two small ponies, one large pony and twelve full-sized horses. Our horses come in all sizes, shapes, colors, and breeds.

Where do the children ride?

Everywhere! Most children start out in the indoor arena, where the environment is easier to control, while they learn the basics. As the child progresses, they have the option to ride in our round pen, outdoor riding arena, fields, or the onsite trails.

How did the equine program and Overton Arena get started?

According to our founder, Larry McDaniel, “In the beginning we got one horse, and then that horse got lonely so we got two more to keep it company, and then somehow we had five.” In July 2011, Doris Overton, in memory of her late husband, Jack, gave to build the Overton Arena we have today.

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