Adoption Stories

The Dearie Family

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Walter and Chelsea Dearie began their journey with FBCH after 7 long years of trying to have a baby and several heartbreaking miscarriages.  After realizing that their hope of becoming parents might not happen naturally, they turned to FBCH to begin the process of adoption.  They went through the 30-hour MAPP classes required for adoptive parents, they completed all the background screenings and references, and they willingly participated in the home study process.  After completing all of the required steps, Walt and Chelsea continued praying and waiting to be matched with a birth mother.  They created a book that told the story about them. (more…)

The Ellis Family

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Lakeland, Fla. – The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes is celebrating a number of recent adoptions of older children from their campuses and is working to encourage more Christian families to consider becoming a “forever family” to an orphaned child.
According to Dr. Jerry Haag, president of the Children’s Homes they have had a number of recent successes where older children and large sibling groups have been joined to an adoptive family. (more…)

The Pruiett Family

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

PANAMA CITY — Bobby & Cheryl Pruiett have been married a dozen years. In their fifth or sixth year, they started to try to become parents. They wanted to love and nurture a baby boy or girl and have their Christ-centered home filled with the kind of joy that only a child can bring. But God had other plans for them. (more…)

The Howard Family

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

It has been a little more than three years since John and Pat Howard used the adoption services of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes to provide a caring and Christ-centered home for Julia, Tiana, and Marissa.

The Howards invited the girls to live with them as foster children in August 2004 and the adoption was finalized in April 2005. “We both wanted to do something for those less fortunate than ourselves,” Pat said. “I always wanted to have a daughter and the Lord used that desire to lead us to adoption.” (more…)