An Important Message from Andrea Seyka, CEO
Dear friends and supporters,
It is with a heavy heart that I share an update with you on the status of our Children’s Home.
In previous updates to you, I disclosed that our Children’s Home license was at risk. I shared our challenges we have had with recruiting and retaining staff and the unfortunate ways some staff had performed, which led to substantiated violations of policies and protocols.
I took these violations and these allegations very seriously. In order to protect the children in our care, I made the choice to temporarily suspend services at our Children’s Home in May. We are disappointed that the actions of a few have created a lasting impact on the future of our Children’s Home.
These last few months have not been easy – and I know they have been difficult for you, too. It was my most sincere hope to spend the coming months regrouping and rebuilding a stronger program that would provide the highest quality of care, the best and safest environment for children in crisis and the right forms of management for children in our care. A corrective action plan was developed and submitted to our partners at MDHHS with the hope that we would be provided this opportunity.
Because of the severity of the alleged violations, and after months of discussions with our partners at MDHHS, we have agreed with MDHHS to “administratively close” our Children’s Home for a period of five years, after which we will decide whether to seek a new license to operate the home.
In our more than 70-year history, these past two years have been the most difficult and challenging; I know we all prayed for the opportunity to welcome children back to our facility.
You likely have many questions and concerns about what comes next, and I remain committed to keeping you as updated as possible.
Please know, we are continuing to serve the community through our other programs and services; Refugee Services, our Immigration Law Clinic, Foster Care, Adoption and Counseling Services. The closure of our Children’s Home has no effect on our other programs. Our website has the most up-to-date information on how you can help support us.
Once again, I want to thank you for your prayers and support during this time. I am humbled and thankful for supporters, like you, who continue to recognize the importance of our work and are continuing to contribute, by gifts of resource or time, to our mission. Thank you for being a part of our team.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.
Thank you, and God Bless –
Andrea E. Seyka Chief Executive Officer