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Below is a list of frequently asked questions. Of course, if your questions are not answered on this website, please contact us!

When Nancy Mason, a wealthy woman, opened her home to be used by the active and retired Methodist Deaconesses that operated the local hospital, the house became known as “The Deaconess Home”. But when these compassionate women began using their new home to care for orphaned and abandoned children, the community began informally referring to the house as “a baby fold”. This name referenced the Biblical allegory of Jesus as the Good Shepherd who protected and cared for his flock in a sheep fold. The Baby Fold became the official name of the agency in 1941.

The Baby Fold serves over 1,200 children and families in 28 counties. Since every program has a different radius of service, check out a specific program’s page on this website for more information about its radius of service.

Healthy StartKeeping the Promise (Adoption Preservation) and Community Schools accept self-referrals. By clicking on the names of each program, you can read more information about the referral process, eligibility requirements and program elements for each.

Each program has a different referral process and eligibility requirements. For more information, please check the page on this website for the specific program you are interested in.

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Yes! We would not be able to provide the quality of care needed without donations from supporters! Visit our Current Needs page or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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