In her first year of teaching at Fort Osage High School, Senior English teacher Anne Farmer had six female students that became pregnant, and only two of them returned to school after their babies were born. In November 2006, 27 girls at Fort Osage High were either pregnant or already had children, and this number did not count the girls that had dropped out of school to care for their babies. Faced with this staggering need in their community, Baby Grace was founded at the Buckner United Methodist Church on November 16, 2006, by Anne Farmer and Juli Yocum. Designed as an outreach for teen mothers in the Fort Osage School District, the ministry quickly grew to support any young parents with children ages newborn to five across the state of Missouri.
Since 2006, the Baby Grace Ministry has served over 1000 families with care packages, church camp scholarships, diapers, and distribution centers of new and gently used mother/baby items that are disbursed to Baby Grace families for free. Each summer, Baby Grace Camp gives Baby Grace families an opportunity to attend a church camp designed especially for them
Baby Grace is hosted at 21 churches in Missouri (see the Locations menu for location-specific information). While each Baby Grace program may operate a little bit differently, each program shares the philosophy that every child, regardless of the circumstances that brought them into the world, deserves unconditional love and grace.