Established in 1899 by Methodists in the state, the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage addressed the need for care of orphaned and dependent children The orphanage served the need well for many years, but as attitudes and regulations about homes for orphans changed, so did the services provided. The name changed to Methodist Children’s Home. In the decades that followed, the agency grew into a comprehensive residential treatment facility with youth group homes throughout Arkansas.
In September 2001, Methodist Children’s Home founded a subsidiary corporation: Methodist Behavioral Hospital, Inc. These two entities joined in 2003 to form Methodist Family Health, a management company consolidating the operations of the full Continuum of Care established by Methodist Children’s Home. In addition, the Methodist Family Health Foundation, a new nonprofit entity, was founded as the public relations, fundraising and development arm of the operating entities.
Today, Methodist Family Health is the management company of the Methodist Children’s Home, Methodist Behavioral Hospital, Methodist Counseling Clinics and Arkansas CARES (Center for Addictions Research, Education and Services).