United Methodist Church Affiliation

The Board of Child Care is a 501(c)(3) or nonprofit organization governed by our own Board of Directors. Legally, we are a separate entity from The United Methodist Church. Our programs operate within the Baltimore-Washington, Peninsula-Delaware, and Susquehanna Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church.

For decades, Auxiliary members, church families and individuals affiliated with the United Methodist Church have provided financial and volunteer support for BCC’s programs.

Historically, BCC has followed the teachings of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, who once said: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

John Wesley promoted social justice in his ministry, serving the poor, the uneducated and the neglected in society. Our vision, in accordance with our United Methodist roots and John Wesley’s teachings, is to be a community of hope: providing an opportunity to heal, and a safe and caring environment for children, youth and families.

The United Methodist Church is currently in the middle of a deep debate over the issue of inclusiveness.  BCC’s President and CEO Laurie Anne Spagnola responded to the outcome of the 2019 United Methodist Church General Conference Session.  BCC believes in inclusion in every regard.  BCC is committed to our core values of safety, relationships, empathy, and impact. In BCC’s definition of its core value of safety we state that BCC, “values life, spirit, and health above all else.” This includes all persons regardless of gender identification and sexual orientation.  BCC practices a non-discrimination policy in terms of the individuals we serve as well as our employment practices for talent, and there will be absolutely no changes to that policy.

BCC’s Spiritual Life program is an integral part of our residential services programming and our staff wellness initiatives, but is optional for all (read more about this here). There is no requirement for affiliation with the United Methodist Church to receive services or participate in our programs. Our services are open to all cultures, races and religions.

Get Involved

There are a number of opportunities to get involved with our programs.  The “How to Help” menu at the top of this page is an excellent starting point.  Make sure you join our newsletter email list to stay up to date on what our volunteer needs are!

Request a Mission Tour

BCC encourages groups and individuals to visit any of our residential campus programs (Baltimore and Denton in Maryland, Martinsburg, WV, and Mechancisburg, PA) to see firsthand how we help more than 1,000 children and families each year. Many churches and youth groups also complete volunteer projects at our residential campuses.