Serving Scott County since 2004, The Smoky Mountain’s Children’s Home has relocated its Oneida office to a more accessible location. During a grand opening on March 28, Executive Director of the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, Dr. Walt Mauldin spoke introducing his staff and holding a brief ceremony dedicating the building. He advised that the Oneida Office alone served 58 families in the county providing safe places for children with their mission statement being,
Smoky Mountain Children’s Home is a private, faith-based, not-for-profit agency which exists to provide care, love, and healing to children and youth who have no one else to advocate or care for them. This mission is mandated by the Word of God in James 1:27 (NLT), “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” A continuum of quality programs is offered to meet the unique needs of children of different ages, capacities, races, and creeds, as well as their families.
The program is based out of Sevierville, TN, where there is a residential program with approximately 70 youth and skilled staff on the premises to advise and minister. In addition, the adoption agency averages 30 adoptions per year with 40 in 2016. According to Mauldin, the home is estimated to have ministered to 30,000 children since its opening nearly 98 years ago.
Mauldin thanked Scott County and the foster families therein for their service and love to the children. The new office is located at 18718 Alberta Street in Oneida. Anyone interested in fostering a child is encouraged to contact their office.