Intensive Residential Program

Intensive Residential Program

What was Birmingham's original orphanage is now a healing place, refuge and turning point for children in foster care.

Gateway's Intensive Residential Program is housed on our historic campus, where we have cared for thousands of children since 1929. What was once Birmingham's original orphanage is now a 24/7, therapeutic healing place for foster youth ages 12-18.

Children who enter Gateway's campus come from the hardest backgrounds of trauma, abuse and neglect.  This results in an inability to cope with difficult pasts and even more difficult behaviors.  At Gateway, we understand that no kid is a bad kid.  Using the Trust Based Relational Intervention® method to provide trauma-informed care, we are able to help children emotionally heal, develop healthy relationships and reach their goals.  Most importantly, youth in our Intensive Residential Treatment Program are able to become connected, competent and contributing members of families and communities.

While on campus, kids attend school, receive therapy and participate in group activities, specialized to their needs.   They eat, sleep, play and create positive memories on campus that last a lifetime.  As one resident from 1948 said, "These were the best memories from my childhood," and we strive to continue the compassionate legacy of our founders for every child in our care.

This service is for youth ages 12-18 referred by local or state DHR.  To refer a child, click the link below.