|Change a Child’s World
Your support by staying at The Claiborne House connects your child with a loving, church-based program that provides:
Most important of all, the child you sponsor will hear about Jesus and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.
|FOSTER ADOPT USA
We are a huge advocate for our Foster/Adopt System here in the USA.
|BIG OAK RANCH
A Christian home for children needing a chance
John Croyle and his wife, Tee, have seen their dream of building the best children’s home in America grow into three separate facilities in Northeast Alabama: Big Oak Boys’ Ranch in Gadsden, Big Oak Girls’ Ranch in Springville, and Westbrook Christian School, Inc. in Rainbow City.
The Big Oak ministry grew out of John’s desire to give hurting children a chance. John successfully played football at the University of Alabama under the legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Faced with one of the most important decisions of his life-whether to play professional football or to start a children’s home-John followed the Lord’s leadership and established Big Oak Boys’ Ranch in 1974.
John’s vision to build a girls’ ranch evolved from a court case involving “Shelley,” a 12-year old girl who had been physically and sexually abused by her father. John pleaded with the judge to let Shelley live at the Boys’ Ranch, but the judge refused and placed Shelley back with her parents. Shelley was beaten to death by her parents three months later. The Girls’ Ranch was built in 1988 after John felt the Lord’s calling to start a girls’ home in Shelley’s memory…