Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief
6:21 PM EST, February 22, 2013
Children will no longer live at the Presbyterian Home in Lynchburg.
The last residential cottage on the property is shutting down Friday. Children who lived there are moving into a private home, where they will get theraputic foster care. The same adults who lived in the cottage will serve as foster parents.
This marks the end of a transition for Presbyterian Homes and Family Services. For the last few years, the organization has been moving away from residential care. It now focuses on more community-based services for at-risk children.
"We serve thousands of children now on an annual basis, where as when it was purely residential it was less than 100 on an annual basis," said Bob Dendy, president of Lynchburg's Presbyterian Homes and Family Services.
The Presbyterian Home opened as a children's orphanage in 1903. At one time more than 125 children lived on the Lynchburg campus.
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