Southwest Office

Melani Engel, LCSW, Regional Director

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2130 N. Glenstone Avenue
Springfield, MO 65803

866-326-LFCS (5327)
417-268-8997 24-Hour Hotline ~ Pregnancy Services

Jaime Craig, Regional Development Officer

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Our Southwest Missouri office of LFCS is located in Springfield but we cover all of southwest Missouri.

In 1998, we opened our doors in Springfield as a non-profit agency.  The agency first began as an orphanage in 1868 with the mission to protect and nurture children without a home.  Today, we continue the mission of helping families, children and individuals in Missouri experience greater hope and wholeness of life.  The services provided by LFCS are open to everyone regardless of race, faith, national origin, gender or age.  Over 80 percent of our clients are not of the Lutheran faith.  The Southwest Region has four main programs:

1.  Pregnancy, Parenting & Adoption Services: This program is geared for families who are pregnant and in crisis.  We offer hope to families through case management and counseling services by professional social workers.  For families who are planning to parent, we can work with you throughout your pregnancy and until the baby is one year old!  For families who are considering adoption for your unborn baby, we will be happy to talk with you about your options and what is best for your baby.  If you are unsure of your plan, please call us and we will support you through this difficult decision while focusing on the best interest of your baby.  Call Melani or Amanda at 417-862-1972 if you are interested in learning more about our programs for pregnant women and families!

2.  Adoption Services: We offer adoption services for families who would like to expand their families through the blessing of adoption.  Whatever kind of adoption you are interested in, we can likely assist your family!  Whether you are most interested in domestic infant, independent, international, or embryo adoption, please call 417-862-1972 to learn more about our specific programs.  We will provide your family with the required home study report and post placement services to ensure that your adoption is successful and your adoption journey is as smooth as possible.  If you are unsure of which adoption program is right for your family, we will be happy to meet with you to discuss the possibilities!  Click here to see the dates of our upcoming adoption informational meetings to learn more about adoption.

3.  Foster Parent Services: We also work with foster families who are specifically trained to provide temporary care to children who have been abused or neglected and are in the state foster care system.  The program is called Springfield Partners, which is a collaborative effort between LFCS, Preferred Family Healthcare and Good Samaritan Boys Ranch.  Greene County has one of the highest rates of child abuse and neglect in Missouri, and we need your help to care for foster children.  We provide foster/adoption services, as well.  Please click here to inquire about becoming a foster parent.

4.  Counseling Services: LFCS therapists provide counseling services for children, adults, couples and families. Our comprehensive treatment approach includes evidence-based methods, individual and family therapy, treatment planning, as well as school and psychiatric consultation. Life can be stressful at times, and our therapists can help you cope so you can begin the healing process. Psychological testing and assessments are also available, including adoption evaluations, pre-marital assessment, educational testing and general psychiatric evaluations. We accept most insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare. Call our offices at 417-862-1972 to speak to one of our counselors today.

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