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Mell marks 10 years

Caren Mell, MSW, LCSW, recently celebrated 10 years with Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services. Her career has included stints with the Missouri Department of Mental Health, the Children’s Division, and school social work.

“When I was going through high school, I had classmates who lived at the Farmington Children’s Home,” Mell said. “Then when I started working for the CD in 1980, I placed children from my caseload at PCHAS. Now as Director of the Residential Treatment Center here, I still get to do what I love – work with kids who desperately need someone to advocate and care for them.”

The Residential Treatment Center was founded as an orphanage in 1914. Located today at 608 Pine St., it is a safe place for children, mostly teenagers, who have been abused or otherwise traumatized. Through caring staff and individualized treatment plans, many of the children heal and return to their families or move to a facility that is less restrictive than the Center.

“These kids never cease to amaze me by their resiliency and strength that comes within,” Mell said.

Caren Mell

Caren Mell

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