Life and hope

They are the topic of heartbreaking news stories and devastating statistics. They are Georgia's most viciously abused children. For them, Murphy-Harpst, a nonprofit residential treatment center, is an emotional, spiritual and physical safe haven.

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About Murphy-Harpst

Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers is an independent not-for-profit organization committed to meeting the needs of abused and neglected young people through residential treatment, placements in specialized foster care, and community programs that serve at-risk youth and their families.

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The core of Murphy-Harpst’s Mission is to provide a safe and nurturing residential environment where children can thrive and heal. Residential Services provides therapeutic care to abused and neglected children in the Department of Family and Child Services, as well as troubled youth in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.
York Academy
Residents at Murphy-Harpst attend the top-ranked York Academy on campus. School officials work with each child’s therapist to develop and appropriate individualized education plan to remediate their knowledge and prepare them to attend school in the community.
Recreation Therapy
Murphy-Harpst’s Therapeutic Recreation Program utilizes structured, goal oriented activities to enhance and improve our children’s lives. Our program provides many normal “firsts” most people experience growing up, including learning to swim, riding bikes, dressing for prom, enjoying dinner at a restaurant, painting a picture, or being a part of a team.
Spiritual Development
While participation is voluntary, children are welcome to attend weekly chapel services on campus. Chapel services are non-denominational and are used as a therapeutic tool; residents are assist in planning each week’s services.
Foster Care
Our foster care program focuses on finding and supporting compassionate families or individuals who will open their hearts and homes to foster a child in need of love and healing.
Community Services
Murphy-Harpst has an outpatient treatment clinic that offers assessment services, individual, group, and family psychotherapy, psychiatric and nursing care and in-home therapeutic services to Medicaid eligible youth, and their families.

Featured Story


Tara came to Murphy-Harpst as a teen, after suffering from years of neglect from absent parents. She often had to care for her siblings, and had no support or care coming from relatives. Often left alone for days, Tara grew withdrawn and would often turn to self-harm. Her neglect resulted in extreme emotional sensitivity as well as left her several …
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