Our Mission & Vision

Pope’s Kids Place provides individualized care for children and young adults with exceptional medical and behavioral needs to strengthen them, their families, and the community.

This Place Changes Everything

Our Goals

We're here for children and their families

We strive every day to provide the highest quality care for children, whether they are in our respite center or in the Early Learning Center. Find out more about how we are reaching our organization’s strategic goals:

Quality of Life

We are inclusive and accept the challenges of providing compassionate care for families who may have been turned away by other care providers.

Quality Education

Our commitment to early childhood education is dedicated to all children whether able-bodied or special needs children.

Expert Nurturing

We have been taking care of children with special health care needs for nearly 20 years. To families of the children we care for, we are a loving, generous, and necessary lifeline.


We provide expert advice to doctors and care givers from all over the country. Our reputation and approach is renowned and successful, and we are determined to positively influence the way other special needs care providers operate.


We believe that families who have children with medical, emotional, or learning challenges need extra help. These families seek respite, and we are welcome – no matter the family unit, we want that unit to be healthy.


We have the expertise and capabilities  to structure an individual care plan for our children, because we know a one-size-fits-all approach does not work. We are flexible and able to meet the need of all types of children.

Our founders, Dr. Isaac Pope and his wife, Jo Pope

Isaac Pope MD has been practicing pediatric medicine in Lewis County since 1979. Through his pediatric practice, he recognized a lack of services for children with special healthcare needs and their families. Commenting on the exhaustion and struggles of the families who had children with special needs, he said, “One thing I noticed was the disintegration of the families. There was no break, 24/7”. From that moment, the mission was clear.

Dr. Pope selected community leaders in health care, education, and real estate to be Board Members to form a 501c3 non-profit organization known as Lewis County Children with Special Needs. Later the name was changed to Pope’s Kids Place. After planning, fundraising, and hard work of many volunteers, respite care and pediatric medical services began in 1998. Additional services of dental care and preschool were added later.

Through the dedication of Dr. Pope, Jo, great staff, and the community, Pope’s Kids Place continues to provide services for some of our most vulnerable children.