In 1909, Tennessee Orphan Home began in Columbia, Tennessee, to meet
the needs of the three Scotten children who were tragically orphaned.
In 1935, the Home purchased the campus of the Branham and Hughes Military
Academy and moved to Spring Hill, Tennessee.
Since 1909, over ten thousand children have been cared for at the Home.
As with many of the old orphanages, the Home was designed as an
institutional facility with central dining, central laundry, dormitory
living and a small farming operation. The approach to child care was
to provide the basic physical needs of children and to offer Christian
The 1980’s were a period of stable growth. We made many improvements in
both programs and services offered. The number of children served grew
throughout the decade. In late 1982, the name of the Home was
changed to Tennessee Children’s Home. The institutional approach was
replaced with family oriented group homes for the children.
Dormitories were remodeled into single family homes, with a maximum of
eight children in each home. Central dining was replaced with family meals
in the group homes. The family groups now individually carry on most
activities like home devotionals, church attendance, housekeeping,
laundry, cooking and cleanup.
In 1988, the Home increased the number of children served under it’s
direction merging with West Tennessee Children’s Home. Continued growth in
our service area occurred again in 2000 and 2001 through mergers with
Happy Hills Youth Ranch near Ashland City and East Tennessee Christian
Services in Knoxville.
We have seen a change in the type of child needing our help in the past
few years. In addition to orphaned children, we now receive abused and
neglected youth that are struggling with their values and their
relationships with other people. These problems may be emotional,
social, behavioral, educational or even psychological. We have made
a commitment to provide whatever our children may need, just like we would
with our own children.
The results of these changes have been very encouraging! The children
now feel more like members of a "real family’. Every child needs
this. Consequently, they feel better about themselves, and as their
self-esteem improves, behavioral problems have also declined.
The services we now offer are designed to be flexible so each child is
treated as an individual with unique needs. These professional
services coupled with loving staff and a Christian environment make
Tennessee Children’s Home one of the finest programs in the state. We are
anticipating that the beginning of the 21