In 1858, Reverend Louis Nollau accepted the first child in the German Protestant Orphan's Home with the goal to offer children a place where they could heal and feel safe. Today, 150 years later and now known as ECH, we are still striving to keep Reverend Nollau's dream alive.



Adopt a Kid Wednesday...

Today we have five siblings. Kevin, Kelly, Karen, Katie and Keith were brought into care a year ago due to drug use in their home.  Despite their rough start, these children are a close knit family and take care of one another.  All of the children have a bright and positive attitude.  Kevin is on the honor roll in his 7th grade class.  Kelly recently won the optimist award, which is only given to one fifth grader out of each elementary school.  Karen always has a smile on her face and is ready to give you a hug.  Katie is constantly exploring the world around her and is always inquisitive.  Keith is taking his first steps, and he is a quickly growing boy!  All of them just received their first individual beds they have ever had this year and are excited to put them together, so bedding is something they are excited about getting.  They are a wonderful, friendly family unit and are appreciative of everything they get.

Their Wishes:


Kevin is a 12 year old boy

-Chess set

-Twin Sheet set

-Casual jogging pants,
  size men’s small

-Board games

-Card games

-Bed pillow

-Body pillow

-Men’s jewelry

Kelly is a 10 year old girl

-Twin sheet set

-Bed pillow

-Make up

-Lip gloss


-Soccer Ball

-Jordan Tennis Shoes, size

-Dress shoes with slight heel, size


Karen is a 5 year old girl

-Twin sheet set

-Snow cone or ice cream maker

-Age appropriate games

-Electronic/robotic dog, cat or bird

Katie is a 2 year old girl

-Toddler bed sheet set

-Baby dolls

-Baby doll accessories: clothes, high chair, stroller, etc

-Electronic/robotic dog, cat or bird


Keith is an 11 month old boy

-Winter sleepers size 24 months

-Age appropriate activity toys, especially those with sounds and lights.

Check out ECH's newest

Annual Report




The Spirit of Alliance National Award is given to
ECH's own

Debora Lake

The Spirit of Alliance National Award was given to ECH employee, Debora Lake, Life Skills Coordinator for the St. Louis Steppingstone program. Each year the National Alliance for Children & Families (a national organization of which we are a member) recognizes an individual for his or her direct service to clients, who is committed to the Agency for which he or she works and who is dedicated to serving children, families, and communities. Individuals are nominated from agencies throughout the country for this award. Ms. Lake was flown to Pittsburgh to attend the Annual Alliance’s Annual Conference where she was honored. Congratulations, Ms. Lake!



How To Speak to Children in a Crisis

Two ECH staff member's offered some practicle advice on how and when to speak to children during a crisis. Take a moment to see what advice they had to offer.

Seven Tips for Parents
by Colleen Matlock, MA PLPC


Talking to Kids During a Crisis
by Heather Hansen, MA LPC