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Welcome arch to Kennedy Memorial Home


At Kennedy Home, school-age children are given an opportunity to

overcome personal and family problems while staff work to preserve or

reunify families. Length of placement is determined by the time necessary

for the resident and his/her family to achieve their goals. 

Kennedy Home is operated by Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina

( Baptist Children's Homes is a nonprofit child care

organization providing residential programs and services through 21

statewide locations and one international orphanage in Xela, Guatemala.


The children who live at Kennedy Home are not strangers. They come to us from your community.

They attend schools in your area. You pass them in the store. They are your neighbors. 



Family Crisis. . . Sometimes children come to Kennedy Home due to

family challenges. We have the privilege of working with children

and their families to help them overcome the specific issues that

threaten to tear the family apart.


Abuse. . .Children also come because the adults in their lives have

let them down. Precious boys and girls suffer abuse, neglect, and

abandonment often at the hands of the adults they have trusted to

love and care for them.


Do you know a child or family who needs help? Is there a family living in your neighborhood or attending your church desperate to overcome the challenges threatening to tear them apart? A referral to Kennedy Home or to one of Baptist Children’s Homes other locations is not difficult or risky and can be made by anyone. Children and families are referred by themselves, departments of social services, pastors, educators, juvenile services, concerned friends, and family members. It can be as simple as a phone call or email. To refer a child or family by phone, 1-800-476-3669. You may also send an email to or visit



Historic Cedar Dell Mansion at Kennedy Home

Historic Cedar Dell Mansion located at Kennedy Home

        In 1912, William Lafayette Kenndy, a former

captain in the Confederate Army, and his wife, Emily Hardee Kennedy, gave their 1,200 acre plantation in Kinston to Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina in order for it to be used to care for children. Kennedy Home welcomed their first child into care in 1914 and will be celebrating their centennial anniversary in 2014.

        Mrs. Kennedy was so devoted to the legacy of caring for children that she sold the diamonds her husband had given her each year to build a third cottage in memory of her father. Mrs. Kennedy fell 

ill, but the construction on the cottage was completed. Mrs. Kennedy thanked the builder and died that very night. Kennedy Home is unique to Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina's other facilities, 

including a fifty-acre residential campus, farmland, woodlands, wetlands, and creeks. The Neuse River runs through the property.

Kennedy Home Model of Care including TCI and Care training
Kennedy Home is made up of some of the finest staff in the area
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