A Century of Service 

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By Mick Wooley, MSSA, LISW
Executive Director
Lutheran Children’s Aid & Family Services

Ever since the original Lutheran Children’s Aid Society was organized in 1903, we have been an agency of compassion, reaching out to improve the quality of life for families and children throughout northeastern Ohio. Known today as Lutheran Children’s Aid & Family Services, we are a highly respected, licensed and accredited social ministry agency that strengthens families through a wide range of adoption, pregnancy, individual and family counseling services. Because LCAFS is a ministry, our professional counseling is available regardless of the client’s race, creed, or ability to pay.

Lutheran Children’s Aid & Family Services has been serving families and children for 100 years. Our mission is to fulfill the “Great Commission” by actively providing services to adults and children to increase the quality of their lives. The agency began as a result of the work of Rev. Philip Wambsgan, the Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Newburg (now Garfield Heights), who gave help and homes to 27 children during the years from 1887 to 1903. On March 21, 1903, a charter from the State of Ohio was granted to Lutheran Children’s Aid Society, quoting its purpose “to provide a home, maintenance, and Christian education for destitute and orphan children.”

Lutheran Children’s Aid & Family Services is a leader in providing qualified, Christian –based education, consultation and family services in northeastern Ohio. Every day, our staff serves a wide variety of children, teenagers and adults in a Christian-based atmosphere that establishes trust and rebuilds relationships. For example, our licensed counselors are present in several Lutheran schools throughout greater Cleveland, making themselves available to children…many of them are carrying terrible emotional burdens. We are there to listen, and reach out.

Our individual, family, marriage, and pregnancy counseling services offer hope and answers in a caring and comfortable atmosphere. Most importantly, these services are based on a Lutheran tradition of caring.

We help build families too! At LCAFS we ensure that birth mothers are aided in securing loving families for their infants. Adoptive parents are treated with respect and concern to assure a loving family is established.

We have three counseling sites in Lutheran Schools:

  • Luther Memorial School, Cleveland
  • St. John Lutheran, Cleveland
  • St. John Lutheran, South  Euclid

We have four counseling and adoption sites:

  • The main office at 4100 Franklin Blvd., Cleveland
  • Valley Lutheran Church, Chagrin Falls
  • Royal Redeemer Church, North Royalton
  • Redeemer Lutheran, Cuyahoga Falls

We are affiliated with Greater Cleveland United Way Services and Lutheran Services in America.  LCAFS is also affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The agency is licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services for adoptions and foster care.

We are accredited by The Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services.

If you are interested in our services and programs call the Intake department at (216) 281-2500.

Please direct individual donations and inquiries to:

Lutheran Children’s Aid & Family Services
4100 Franklin Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
(216) 281-2500.

Mick Wooley, MSSA, LISW

Mick Wooley, MSSA, LISW assumed his role as Executive Director of LCAFS on March 3, 2003. He comes to this position with over thirty years experience and leadership in the non-profit sector. In the past his responsibilities included involvement in non-profit administration, fund development, quality improvement, facilities management and marketing.

During 1992-1993 Mick was President of the Ohio Council of Fund-Raising Executives and was the Executive Coordinator of the International Conference of Consulting and Residential Centers from 1990 to 1994. He is currently a member of the Cleveland United Way Executive Council and serves on the United Way Council of Agency Executives.

He received his MSSA from the Mandel School of Applied Social Science, Case Western Reserve University in May 1971.