Texas Pythian Home
The Texas Pythian Home, Inc. provides a safe, stable environment
for children to grow physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually
to become responsible, independent adults.
The Texas Pythian Home for children is called the ‘Castle on the Hill.’ It was built with the architecture style of a castle due to the sponsorship of the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal order established during the Civil War. The Pythians put their motto of Friendship, Charity and Benevolence into practice and established the Pythian Home. The Pythian Home is licensed by the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services for sixty-two children. This license requires certain standards to be maintained at all times. A licensing representative makes official visits to the Home to insure standards are met. We are licensed as basic child care facility. We do not handle adoptions.
We accept children ages three to fourteen. The children may remain in residence as long as they are in school. This includes college, vocational, or trade school. We have specific criteria that must be met for placement of a child. The managing conservator is the only person able to place or withdraw a child. The children can come from anywhere in the state of Texas. At one time, a Pythian connection was required for placement. Now a child can be placed by meeting the criteria. All of the children placed in our care have families that remain a part of their lives while the family works to have the children return home.
The Home is located on approximately 164 acres on the east side of Weatherford.The campus includes a softball field, tennis and volleyball courts, a swimming pool, and various barns in addition to the main building and dormitories. The children live in the dormitories with a husband and wife team who serves as the Direct Care Staff. There are 6 to 8 children in each dorm, depending on age. Residents attend public schools and local churches. They also participate in extra curricular activities such as soccer, football, basketball, band, scouts, etc. Our goal is to give the children a childhood with opportunities and positive experiences. We have many outstanding athletes and academic scholars.
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