Adriel Sells West Liberty Property; Acquires New Building in Bellefontaine


Adriel School, Inc., a prominent non-profit dedicated to enhancing support for children in foster care, announces with mixed emotions the sale of its longstanding property at 550 N. Detroit St., West Liberty, Ohio.

This move, the result of extended consideration and discernment, marks a significant transition for the organization.

Adriel’s Board acknowledged the benefits of reducing maintenance and upkeep expenditures on the current property, and with the sale, it will reallocate the savings to better support foster children and families.

This strategic move underscores the board’s commitment to prioritizing resources for the welfare and development of the community’s most vulnerable members.

Furthermore, Adriel has acquired a new facility at 1600 S. Main in Bellefontaine, Ohio, which will serve as a foundational element in its mission to improve the lives of vulnerable youth.

The West Liberty property has been acquired by the Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center (MCESC), known for its extensive services and support to local school districts and communities.

MCESC plans to continue utilizing the facility that will retain the name “Yoder Center” to serve young people with special needs, thereby extending the legacy of John L. Yoder.

Todd Hanes, President and CEO of Adriel, expressed his satisfaction with the transition, noting, “We sought the ideal successor, one who values our heritage and will continue our story in their own distinctive way.”

The new facility in Bellefontaine represents a pivotal advancement in Adriel’s mission, enabling the expansion of programs and services to further empower children in foster care.

“This acquisition is a milestone moment for our organization as we continue to strive for a brighter future for these children,” said Hanes. “With this new space, we’re equipped to provide more comprehensive support and resources to those in greatest need.”

The new building will accommodate essential services such as foster care training, therapy services, meeting space, family reunification and visitation, and administrative offices.

It is designed to be a safe and welcoming space for foster children to receive the necessary care and support.

Adriel School, Inc. extends heartfelt thanks to its supporters, donors, and community partners, whose contributions have been vital in achieving this milestone.

The organization remains committed to its core values and mission, and the new facility reinforces its dedication to positively impacting the lives of vulnerable youth.