Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky specializes in behavioral health and substance use treatment for adolescents and their families.
To be a community leader providing children and families opportunity and hope for better lives.
Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky operates three campuses – one in Burlington, KY and two in Covington, KY. CHNK carries out its mission to be a community leader providing children and families with opportunity and hope for better lives by taking a family-centered, holistic approach to behavioral health and substance use treatment services for abused, neglected, and at-risk youth.
Children's Home of Northern Kentucky was founded in 1880 by Colonel Amos Shinkle, a wealthy entrepreneur with a heart for philanthropy. CHNK first opened its doors in 1882 as an orphanage in downtown Covington, KY and housed hundreds of homeless and orphaned children. In 1926, the Home moved out of its increasingly industrialized setting and into its present location on private property in Devou Park. Over time, as the use of orphanages in the U.S. waned, CHNK adjusted its services to better meet the needs of tri-state families in crisis. The Residential Treatment Program was launched in 1980, and it was soon followed by community-based programs.
CHNK's residential treatment program provides 24/7 therapeutic care for abused, neglected, and at-risk youth between the ages of 7 and 17. Residents live on either the Covington, KY or Burlington, KY campus; combined, the campuses allow CHNK to house up to 60 youth at any given time. The majority of youth in this program are in the custody of the state of Kentucky.
Our Champions behavioral health services take place in schools and the wider community. Services are available to male and female youth in grades 6-12 who are experiencing behavioral health issues, including substance use. The Champions team is headquartered in the Deaconess Health Check at CHNK facility in downtown Covington. We partner with local school districts for this program; we also partner with the Department for Community-Based Services, the Administrative Offices of the Court, the Court-Designated Workers program, and local law enforcement.