Hope in a Time of Crisis

Wiregrass Children’s Home provides a safe haven for neglected and abused children throughout seven counties in the Wiregrass area of Southeast Alabama.   Our presence affords these children the loving support they so desperately need in the midst of their crisis, as well as a window of hope and a promise for a better tomorrow.

WCH is the only licensed emergency shelter in the Wiregrass area providing care to children birth to 18 years of age.  Our goal is to extend as much love and comfort as possible during this critical time in a child’s life, reaching out to meet their every need whether it be physical, spiritual, emotional or mental.

Since opening our doors in 1989, the Wiregrass Children’s Home has served more than 700 children; some for only one night, yet others for multiple years.  We are capable of caring for up to 10 children at any given time, with placement being coordinated through referrals from the Alabama Department of Human Resources.   We welcome boys and girls, as well as siblings, providing the first step to a new life and the rebuilding of a new future.

Our Mission

The Wiregrass Children’s Home ministers to abused and neglected children of the Wiregrass Area. Along with providing food, clothing and shelter to those children, WCH believes in offering a happy, loving and secure Christian environment – ultimately a Bridge to Brighter Futures.

Our House Parents

We are blessed with full-time house parents, the Wellers, who reside at the Home seven days a week.  They are relieved every other weekend by a team of “weekend relief house parents”.  This enables our house parents to have a few days of respite, whereby they can refresh and renew themselves so that they are better equipped to manage the day to day care of our ten children.

The Wellers joined the Home in January 2011 and work diligently to ensure that all children residing at the Home are wrapped in love and comfort from the moment that they arrive.  Together with our weekend staff, they are responsible for the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of our children and treat each one of them as if they were their very own.

Our Staff

Kay HanksKay Buntin Hanks-Executive Director

I was born and raised in Dothan and am proud to call the Wiregrass my home. After graduating from Dothan High School, I received my Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Auburn University. I am a proud Auburn fan and Alumni! I have been blessed with one son (William Hanks) he will start college in the Fall 2016. Of the many life lessons I have learned is how quickly our children grow up and how important it is to be there and experience and embrace every moment that you can. I love being a mom and I love being able to impact the lives of children, not only mine but, the ones that God has placed in our care at WCH. My prayer is that you will consider partnering with the Wiregrass Children’s Home, please feel free to contact me through this website or at 334.692.5100 and I would be happy to discuss how you can help either through financial support or volunteer opportunities.


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Rosie Ray, Director of Development

I grew up in the Wiregrass area, and have lived here all my life. I married my high school sweetheart and yes we are still married 34 years later. We have one wonderful teenage son, Jared. Our plan was to have several children but God’s plan was different, but His plan is always perfect. What a joy it is to work for the Wiregrass Children’s Home and help many children in their time of need. It is an honor for me to help raise funds for the home and insure that these children have a safe place to come and be protected. While God only gave us one biological child he gave me an opportunity to help many and I am so thankful.

Wiregrass Children's Home
PO Box 6813
Dothan, AL 36302
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