Christian Home Association-Children’s Square U.S.A. is a private, not-for profit organization. Celebrating the 130th anniversary of our founding on December 23, 1882, Children’s Square U.S.A. has a very rich history of caring for children from birth to 21 and their families, meeting their individualized needs, instilling hope and helping restore lives. Our mission is: “To teach, every day, the values and life skills essential to a successful life – one full of caring, contribution and commitment - Empowering each with: The Vision to See – and the value of setting an ideal for which to reach; The Courage to Try – and the value of accepting each obstacle as a challenge to meet; and The Will to Succeed – and the value of making the commitment to persevere.”
Over 550 children and their families are served each day. Services include early childhood care and education programs, educational classes and counseling services, emergency services for children including a telephone help line and temporary shelter, a grades 1-12 special education program, community school-based educational programing, residential treatment for children and adolescents experiencing serious emotional disorders, and aftercare services for young adults who have aged out of foster care. In addition, we recruit, train and support resource families in both Iowa and Nebraska and currently work with over 500 foster, adoptive and relative families that are caring for children in their homes. In 2011/2012, we also expanded our reach into neighborhood revitalization and serve as the anchor agency for a geographically based neighborhood transformation initiative.
Children’s Square U.S.A. is fully licensed and accredited. The annual operating budget for 2013 is $9.6 million. Approximately 215 full and part time employees deliver programs and services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Volunteers add their hearts and hands to make a difference in a variety of ways. The main campus is located just northwest of the downtown Council Bluffs area. A second child care site is housed at First Christian Church in Council Bluffs. Offices are located in Omaha, Nebraska and Sioux City, Iowa.