White's Residential & Family Services has acquired Christian Haven, a residential treatment center for boys and girls near Valparaiso. The acquisition will allow the 160-year-old organization to expand its footprint in the state.

January 5, 2015

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. – White's Residential & Family Services, one of Indiana’s largest nonprofit social services agencies with an office in Indianapolis, announces that it has acquired Christian Haven, a residential treatment center for boys and girls in Wheatfield near Valparaiso, Ind. The acquisition is the result of careful planning by White’s and its board, and it will allow White’s to expand its level of care to secure care programs.

“White's was initially approached by Christian Haven because it was seeking an opportunity with a faith-based organization,” said Stan Downing, White’s Residential & Family Services Board President. “As the White’s board evaluated the opportunity to expand services, it was clear that our two organizations share many of the same values – a commitment to providing the highest quality care for children in our programs and a common mission to offer spiritual opportunities so students and families can grow in their faith.”

Since its founding in 1850, White’s has grown to serve children, teens and families through six offices around the state, including a residential campus in Wabash, Ind.

“White’s Residential & Family Services and the board are committed to making proactive strategic decisions that reflect our commitment to helping Indiana children, teens and families,” said White’s Residential & Family Services Chief Executive Officer Dee Gibson. “This acquisition will not only allow White’s to expand its level of care but also its continuum of services to other areas of Northern Indiana.”

Christian Haven was founded in 1952 as a nonprofit agency that provides open residential services and secure care treatment to boys and girls ages 11 to 21. Its residential campus is in Wheatfield.

“White’s Residential & Family Services shares our mission of providing hope for at-risk children, teens and families,” said Christian Haven Board President John Fulkerson. “We are confident that our students will continue to thrive in a safe, structured environment and receive the programming and services they need to make lasting changes in their lives.”

In the coming months, White’s Residential & Family Services will complete a thorough evaluation of Christian Haven and its services to assure continuity of care.

About White’s Residential & Family Services

White’s Residential & Family Services is a nonprofit social services organization that works to redirect, rebuild and restore children, teens and families through emotional healing, personal development and spiritual growth. For more than 160 years, White’s has helped families in crisis, in transition and in need of support through its accredited and comprehensive continuum of community- and home-based services, foster care, adoption support and residential treatment programs. For more information about White’s, please visit www.WhitesKids.org.

White’s is also the parent organization of Compass Rose Academy, a private residential treatment center for troubled teen girls. Compass Rose is a natural extension of White’s belief that no child is exempt from tough times and was created to proactively reach troubled teens who are not in the juvenile justice or social services system.

Source: White's Residential & Family Services

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