About Us

Our Mission

Through Christ’s love, we empower children and families to overcome challenges today so they can build a better tomorrow.

Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri (LFCS) is a not-for-profit social services organization serving the State of Missouri. The organization has been in existence since 1868, when it was founded as a residence for children left homeless after the Civil War. LFCS has made progressive program changes over its 150-year history in order to meet the shifting needs of children and families in Missouri. Read more about our history.

Our Vision

Generations of children and families are safer and stronger together.


Current LFCS programs include:

  • Behavioral Health & Prevention
  • Adoption
  • Parenting
  • Foster Care
  • Child & Family Development

Over the past 30 years, LFCS has extended its physical presence from the St. Louis area across the state, expanding services into Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Springfield, Franklin County and Joplin. Time and time again, LFCS has taken on new challenges and expanded its capacity to serve.