ECH Every Child’s Hope was founded in 1858 as an orphanage for children whose immigrant parents had died from cholera outbreaks. As the needs of St. Louis children and families evolved, our services and programs have adapted to meet those ever-changing needs. Today ECH is no longer an orphanage, but caring for vulnerable children is still at the heart of each program.

More than 200 staff members across Missouri are dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating emotional trauma and mental health issues, and providing aftercare and follow-up services. Each year ECH helps more than 1,400 youth and children find healing and hope for their futures.

Hope begins here!

Give Hope

Give Hope to the children, youth and families of ECH by supporting our 158 year old mission.

“This service was valuable to us and our children. Sessions often brought out topics that were difficult for the kids to discuss but ultimately created a dialogue that we all learned from and continue to learn from moving forward.”

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Contact Us

For more information on the programs of ECH, how to become a volunteer or how to support our mission, email us at or call us at 314-427-3755.