Working together to build lives of hope.
Welcome to the online introduction and information center for Oesterlen Services for Youth, Inc. As you browse our website, we hope you will find the specific information you are seeking, and you will gain a broader understanding of the spectrum of services and opportunities offered by Oesterlen. Since our founding in 1903, our single objective has been to serve children and their loved ones.
Our Mission Statement
On behalf of the church, in witness to Christ, this agency's mission is to serve troubled or potentially troubled children and youth from infancy through transition into adulthood, with those significant to them, working toward their mental, social, physical and spiritual well-being.
Oesterlen began as an orphanage in 1903. Since the mid-1950’s we have been a mental health treatment center for emotionally, behaviorally, and psychologically troubled children and youth. Today we offer a full range of services, including residential and outclient community services programs.
Oesterlen welcomes your interest in our programs as well as your participation in our work through volunteering or making donations to help underwrite our therapeutic programs. We are a non-profit corporation affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutheran Services in America, the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies, and Lutheran Services in America - Ohio. You may help respond to disaster in Ohio by clicking here. www.ldrohio.org.