Morningstar Children and Family Services, Inc. was established in 1996 with support from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and many churches from all over Georgia. Established on the site of the former Youth Estate, the campus was approved to serve up to 55 youth with developmental disabilities and intensive mental health needs.
In December 2017, Morningstar Children and Family Services’ Board of Directors appointed Beth VanDerbeck as Chief Executive Officer for the organization. Mrs. VanDerbeck brings many years of management and non-profit leadership experience to the organization.
Today, in addition to the Morningstar Youth Estate in Brunswick, Morningstar operates Community Counseling in Brunswick and Reynolds, Georgia. Morningstar's Foster Care Program serves children in need of an approved foster family in the southeast Georgia area. In 2018, Morningstar served 483 children and youth through our three programs.
Read Trees and Citizens of Boys Estate, an original poem written by J. Ardell Nation in 1947.