Dr. Anne C. Fox-Clarkson, an elementary school principal in Coeur d'Alene, ID., and two parents from her school, Carol Rankin and Kathy Curran, founded Children's Village in 1983. Dr. Fox-Clarkson made a promise to a brother and sister who had been victims of child abuse that she would build them a home.
Children's Village, Inc. was incorporated in 1984 in the State of Idaho and is designated as a non-profit 501(c)3 charity by the IRS. The facility is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and the daily operations are managed by a dedicated administrative team. The agency has a double check and balance financial system with an outside annual audit by a local CPA firm. To date, the corporation remains debt free owning fifteen acres and two large homes and a shop. The governing board is committed to following "best practices" and adheres to industry standards. They take pride in being prudent stewards of the community's trust and financial support.
The First House
The Moyer Home opened in 1990 to serve children who are abused, neglected, homeless, or in severe family crisis. Children ages birth through 18 may live in this licensed group foster home - permanently if needed. Brothers and sisters are kept together and residents are transported back to their schools of origin throughout the Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls and Lakeland School Districts. Over 2,000 children have been sheltered since the doors opened.
In 1995 a group of faithful supporters of Children's Village formed the Children's Village Foundation, Inc. This incorporated foundation is designated as an Idaho State 501(c)3 charity by the IRS. The mission of this body is to ensure the future and financial stability of Children's Village and to support the programs serving children.
Children's Village Foundation holds the endowment funds, securities, restricted funds, tangible gifts and gifts secured through capital campaigns and special projects. The Foundation sponsors annual charity auctions, including spring and winter events and special fundraising projects. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the corporation has an outside annual audit by a local CPA firm.
A Second House
The Miller Home opened in 1996 and operated as a residential treatment facility and school until December 2011.
Responding to the continuing need in the community, the Miller Home re-opened in March 2015 as a continuation of the services provided at the Moyer Home. With the capacity for growth in the Miller Home, Children's Village is able to grow from 12 children a night to 24 children a night and increase program support to over 150 children a year.
Agency Credentials and Awards
- State License: Under the State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Children’s Village is licensed as a Children’s Residential Care Facility in accordance with Chapter 12, Title 39 of Idaho Code. With bi-annual inspections, the license permits the care of 12 children.
- Local Standards: Located in a residential area of the City of Coeur d’Alene, the County of Kootenai, Idaho, Children’s Village exceeds the city and county standards for facilities caring for children. Complying with all building codes during the construction process and receiving occupancy for both homes, this agency is annually inspected by: Panhandle Health District, Food and Environmental Department; City/County Fire Department; and Furnace Safety Inspections.
- Agency Affiliations: Children’s Village has been a long time member of KACF | Kootenai Alliance for Children and Families. This non-profit organization’s mission is to foster a safe, healthy, and drug-free community through strong partnerships and effective programs that reduce at-risk behavior in our community’s youth and create strong families. KACF exists to build healthy families by promoting community collaboration to reduce substance abuse among our youth and eliminate the duplication of services.
- Agency Awards: Award of Excellence – From Region I, Idaho Department of Health & Welfare (1995)
- National Family Week Award: From Alliance for Children and Families (2002) one of two member agencies in America to receive this award
- Children's Empowerment Award: From Kids Day America/International (2002)
- Child Advocate of the Year: From the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics awarded to Tinka Schaffer, Retired Development Director, Children's Village Foundation, Inc
- Brightest Star Award: From Dirk Kempthorne, Governor, State of Idaho (2004 & 2005)