Our History

LFCS began in 1868, in the wake of the Civil war, as a promise to a dying soldier to take care of his surviving son.

Ninety-eight years later, what blossomed into an orphanage was eventually sold as a society, and LFCS began to focus on child placement in foster care and adoption environments. The proceeds from the sale of the orphanage were used to create an endowment that has strengthened and sustained LFCS to this day.

Today, LFCS is a statewide organization providing counseling, adoption, crisis pregnancy assistance, foster care, child care, youth mentoring services and disaster relief Рreaching out to more than 46,000 individuals and families annually. LFCS is also a strong advocate for Missouri’s vulnerable families and works to improve the state and federal policies that affect them.

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