About Us

The Journey Home Difference

We are not your ordinary foster care agency that just drops children off at a foster family’s door, leaving the rest of the work in the hands of the foster parents. Journey Home’s purpose is to help children and support our foster parents.
At Journey Home, we understand that children learn from their experiences. Children in foster care have already had many obstacles in life, and we want their experiences in foster care with us to be positive. We desire to build lasting connections to help children realize their potential, to give them a reason to have hope, to believe in themselves again, and to begin to heal physically and mentally. We do more for our children and families than any other agency. Our children are surrounded by people that are dedicated to offering them a different path in life. We have hands on Foster Care Coordinators, Mentors that we assign to our children, and incredible activities and programs that we provide on a weekly and monthly basis. Also, our families are surrounded by opportunities to receive the support and encouragement they deserve.

The Journey Home Family/Pod Concept

At Journey Home, we strive to be a close knit and family centered agency. We believe that establishing and maintaining strong connections with our children and with other foster families is a valuable aspect of our program. While our corporate office is located in Zanesville, Ohio, and our satellite office is located in Pickerington, Ohio, we have licensed foster families throughout the state. As a result, we have developed the Journey Home Pod Concept to maintain the closeness of our families. We currently have active Pods in Muskingum County, Coshocton County, Guernsey County, Licking County and Franklin County. Each Pod is comprised of several foster families located in the same area, and is assigned a Foster Care Coordinator and Activities Leader. They work directly with the families and children in the Pod, encouraging families to work together, help each other out and become an extended family unit. Each Pod also has local respite opportunities and agency activities within the immediate community for their children and families. So, whether you live in Columbus, Akron, or Marietta, Journey Home can work for you!

Welcoming All Families

Journey Home Foster Care is welcoming to all families to join us in an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children. Join us on this Journey! Journey Home provides specialized training and guidance to help you provide a nurturing and stable home for children who have been abused or neglected.
We are always in need of parents and families who can provide:
– Homes for sibling groups of two or more
– Homes for children of all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds
– Homes for children of all sexual orientations
– Homes for children with behavioral, emotional, developmental, physical, and/or medical special needs
– Homes for teenagers

Journey Home does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or military status.

Our Staff

Tedd Murphy – President & Activities Director

I was born and raised in Zanesville, Ohio. From an early age, I began helping others.  I attended college at Muskingum University as well as Marietta College.  In my early years, I worked with at risk youth at Zanesville-Muskingum Housing Authority as the Youth Activities Coordinator for almost 5 years.  I spent 10 years coaching baseball and basketball in Zanesville as we traveled the East-Coast playing.  I spent 15 years with Domino’s Pizza and decided that I wanted to take my experience and explore other avenues.  During that time, I adopted 2 kids and took custody of 2 more.  I have lived the world of foster care and adoption, and whole-heartedly understand the frustrations of being a parent to our kids.  When Journey Home was just in the planning stages, we implemented that our agency was built on the foundation of helping foster parents and kids enjoy their time in care.  

Charity Wheeler, LSW- Executive Director

Georganna Murphy – Owner

Former foster parent and Grandparent of 2 adopted children. Her nickname is the “Boss”. She is often seen with her her 3lb Yorkie named Murphy.

Vivian Kendall – Executive Assistant

I have over 16 years of foster care knowledge working in the industry. I’m a foster parent of 5 years and have 3 adopted children. I also have 2 kids of my own and 3 amazing grandchildren. I enjoy my 15 acres of freedom in my spare time.

Renee Miller – Office Assistant

Aka “Buni”. She is a mother of 2 wonderful daughters and 5 grandchildren. She enjoys bringing her parenting knowledge and love of kids to the foster agency.

Karee Mayle, LSW – Foster Care Coordinator

Kaci Willey, LISW-S – Foster Care Coordinator

Jennifer Mahoney, LSW – Foster Care Coordinator

Sherrie Griffin, LSW – Foster Care Coordinator

I’m from Columbus Ohio born and raised.  I graduated with a MSW from The Ohio State University in 2009.  I attended an HBCU Central State University and graduated with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice. I have over 10 years of Social Work experience in foster care and working with families.  I love everything basketball and being with family and friends. 

Austin King – Independent Living Coordinator

I am a Graduate of Newcomerstown High School  and Muskingum University. I majored in Child & Family Studies. As a former high school basketball coach, working with our 14-18 year old youth is a dream come true. Since starting in June of 2019, seeing the progress my Independent Living kids make within their time here at Journey Home is outstanding.

Kaysey Brokaw – Activity Leader

Born and raised in Newark Ohio. I’m currently a Junior at The Ohio State University majoring in Social Work. I’ve played basketball my entire life and took my passion and love for the game to coach middle and high school basketball at Newark. My passion is helping the youth and parents at Journey Home by giving them the tools to succeed

Brandon Good – Activity Leader

I’m a Graduate of Cambridge High School and Ohio University. I enjoy traveling and hiking. I love working with kids in the community that I grew up in.

Nick Johnson – Activity Leader

Clint Willey – Office Assistant – Accounting

Priya Tamilarasan – Board Member

Ed Reid – Board Member

Rovella Roundtree – Board Member