During a mission trip to Russia and Romania in 1993, Pastor Tom and Donna Mullins (Christ Fellowship Church) toured several orphanages and witnessed the deplorable living conditions and dire needs of devastated refugee children. Their journey also brought them to a loving environment where they observed children who were rescued from these orphanages and given a chance to thrive. They witnessed remarkable changes and growth. The seeds that were planted took root in their hearts, and following their return home, the vision for Place of Hope began to grow. They recognized our God-given responsibility to respond to the needs of hurting children and their families throughout our community and took action. The foundation was laid, our model and programs were developed, and our mission was launched in 1998.
Place of Hope is a unique, faith-based, state-licensed child welfare organization providing family-style foster care (emergency and long-term), family outreach and intervention, comprehensive maternity care, safety for victims of domestic minor sex trafficking, transitional housing and support services for emancipated foster and other homeless youth, adoption and foster care recruitment and support, hope, and healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect throughout our region. Through our family-model approach and commitment, we are dedicated to providing stable, loving, and nurturing environments and support for foster children (and their families) while in state custody, following family reunification, pre-adoptive placement, and post-emancipation from care. We strive to foster and support healthy and productive lives, free from fear, endangerment, and most of all abuse. Children and families can find dignity, guidance, and hope through various programs and efforts at Place of Hope - Placing Hope in a Child's Future.
Since the completion of the first component of our vision and goal of the creation of a traditional, family-based, neighborhood foster care model to provide stable, loving, and nurturing environments for "hard-to-place" and other "special needs" foster children, Place of Hope has rapidly grown and expanded to become the largest comprehensive child welfare organization in the region. We were so excited to open a southern Palm Beach County campus (and affiliate organization), Place of Hope at The Haven Campus, in February 2013! Because of our solid reputation as the largest comprehensive child welfare organization in the region, The Haven in Boca Raton generously gifted the campus to us. We are honored to have been chosen to steward The Haven, which their friends and supporters entrusted to them faithfully, and we look forward to carrying on their legacy of serving foster children and their families in southern Palm Beach County!