Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Uniting Hearts Fund?
The Uniting Hearts Fund was established in 2012 with the goal of supporting activities designed to promote more adoptive homes for orphaned children. Some of these activities will include helping qualified families in need with some of the costs associated with adopting a child.
How was the fund started?
The Fund was started by professional golfer Brad Bryant and his wife Sue with a portion of his winnings from the 2012 Champions Tour. However, we need others to lend their support to the Fund as well in order to be able to help as many people as possible.
CLICK HERE to contribute to the Uniting Hearts Fund.
Or you can send a check to:
Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
PO Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802
Please indicate on the memo section of your check that it is for the Uniting Hearts Fund.
Who is eligible to receive assistance from the Fund?
In order to be considered for adoption assistance, a family must first be approved by the Children’s Homes as an adoptive family. In addition, the family must adopt their child through the Children’s Homes.
Some of the requirements for adopting through the Children’s Homes include being at least 23 years of age, following a Christian lifestyle, having lived in your community for at least six months, providing supportive character references, passing a criminal background check, and completing a course on adoptive parenting provided by the Children’s Homes as well as a requisite home study and evaluation.
Who determines which families receive assistance from the Fund?
The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes is solely responsible for determining which families receive assistance for adoption expenses.
What portion of adoption expenses can be covered by the Fund?
The Fund can provide all or a portion of a family’s adoption related expenses. The portion of expenses covered will be determined by the Children’s Homes.
How much does it cost to adopt a child?
The standard cost of adopting a child through the Children’s Homes is $15,000. However, there is a sliding fee scale based on income for families that cannot afford the total expense.
How do I get more information?
Contact the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes at (863) 687-8811 or Children@FBCHomes.org to request additional information on how to apply for assistance. Please note that resources will be limited during the inaugural year of the Fund.