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Who We Are

Children's Village is a Christian home that provides hope and healing for abused and neglected children!

Children’s Village is a privately funded, 501(C)(3), not for profit organization located in Smith County. We were founded in 1980 and have served children and families in Northeast Texas for over 40 years. Our campus has two cottage homes, a playground, a schoolhouse, and administrative offices in a beautiful country setting. We hire married couples to serve as Cottage Parents. This is a full-time, live-in position for a couple to create a safe and loving home for children who have lived through abuse, neglect, and other childhood trauma. Children’s Village primarily serves sibling groups of young children from infancy through elementary school with basic care needs. Each cottage may have up to six children of mixed genders and ages. We place a high priority on keeping siblings together to maintain their bonds, mutual support, and sense of security whenever possible.

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What a typical day of a Cottage Parent may include:

Waking the children, overseeing morning hygiene and chores, preparing breakfast, leading morning devotions, practicing social skills, taking children to school while listening to their hopes for the day.


Housecleaning, outside chores, paperwork, lunch out with your spouse or just quiet time while the children are at school. 


Meal planning, shopping, and prepping nutritious snacks and meals for the family.


When non-school aged children are placed in the home, Cottage Parents care for them throughout the day while completing the other daily tasks. 


Weekly staff meetings are a time for prayer, encouragement, support and brainstorming of ideas in addition to training to better understand and serve the children in our care.


Scheduling and taking children to medical and dental appointments to address any issues they may have and attending monthly meetings with the family team.


Picking children up from school and hearing their exited voices share their stories of their day during snack and homework time.


Afternoons are for team sports practice or games where you can cheer them on in a way every child deserves OR playing games on the grass or the playground to release excess energy from the day while sharing their laughter and joy at being children.


Praying with the children regarding their worries or concerns and providing guidance and assistance when possible.


Preparing and sharing dinner as a family, sharing highlights of the day, and imparting the Love of God while increasing the family bond.


After dinner time is for family clean up and evening chores and practicing social skills.


Bedtimes are a special bonding time with stories and prayers.


Weekends are a time for fun family outings, sharing life experiences with the children, attending church, and engaging with the local community.

If you are interested in learning more about serving as a cottage parent or assistant cottage parent, you may download a full job description by clicking the link above. For employment consideration, download an application, complete and submit it, along with your resume, to our business office at:

Equal Employment Opportunity

Children’s Village and Family Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer that maintains a policy of nondiscrimination with respect to all employees and applicants for employment.  All personnel actions, such as recruitment, screening, hiring, training, promotion, compensation and benefits, discipline, termination, and educational, recreational, and social programs are administered without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, age, or disability for otherwise qualified individuals.  The agency indicates a preference based upon religion because it is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job.  Employment decisions, subject to the legitimate business requirements for the agency, are based solely on the individual’s qualifications, merit, and performance.

Christian Commitment

Children’s Village and Family Services, Inc. is a Christian organization and prefers to employ individuals who are Christians and who possess a Christian commitment, as well as concern for children and families in need. Only by having and reflecting such Christian commitment can the agency fulfill its mission as "Christian home that provides hope and healing for abused and neglected children.”

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