Serving Youth and Families Since 1903

Since its founding in 1903, Oesterlen’s single objective has been to serve children and their loved ones. We are a mental health treatment and social services agency serving youth and families. Our full range of services includes residential mental health treatment, foster care, outpatient counseling, in-home programs, and in-school programs.

Oesterlen helping dozens of Springfield students

Mission Statement

On behalf of the church, in witness to Christ, this agency’s mission is to serve children and adults in need, to promote their mental, social, physical, and spiritual well-being. To carry out this mission, Oesterlen is dedicated to promoting healthy families and utilizing the highest possible standards within the professional fields of our service. The provision of services by this agency shall be consistent with its mission, and all persons shall have equal access to such services and to employment by the agency in accord with all applicable affirmative actions and equal opportunity policies.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

At Oesterlen, we empower all individuals and families to improve their mental, social, physical and spiritual well-being by listening to their expressed needs and supporting their strengths. Oesterlen uses the values of diversity, equity and inclusion to create positive change within our organization and our community

Our Legacy and Heritage

Oesterlen began as an orphanage in 1903. Since the mid-1950s, 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 out client community services programs.