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Sanctity of Human Life Celebration

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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Sat., Jan. 25, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., individuals from across the state will gather in Central Florida for one common purpose: to celebrate life.  The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (FBCH), in conjunction with Moody Radio, will host the Polk County Sanctity of Life Celebration at First Baptist Church at the Mall, located at 1010 E. Memorial Blvd. in Lakeland.

Partners to make this event possible are Mark Alford of Winter Haven, A Woman’s Choice, Options for Women Pregnancy Help Clinic, Catholic Charities, Plans For You, Bound for Life, and Life Choice Pregnancy Center.

Those who attend will hear from dynamic speakers Arnold Culbreath, John Stemberger and Michael Spencer.

“We are excited about these speakers and know that those who attend will walk away inspired and encouraged.  They will be equipped with knowledge on how they can be involved to preserve the sanctity of human life,” said Mary Lou Hendry, director of the Sanctity of Human Life Program at FBCH.

More on the speakers at the Polk County Sanctity of Human Life Celebration:

  • Arnold Culbreath is the Urban Outreach Director of Life Issues Institute, Inc., an organization established to serve the educational needs of the pro-life movement. Holding degrees in architectural engineering and theology, Culbreath has worked simultaneously in both fields for many years.
  • John Stemberger is an AV-rated Orlando attorney who has been a pro-life advocate for more than 30 years.  He is president and general counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council.
  • Michael Spencer is a director at the Training for Life Training Institute. He and his wife have four biological children and one adopted child. Spencer has 23 years of pastoral experience and is passionate about educating others on pro-life topics.

For more information about the Polk County Sanctity of Life Program, call (863) 683.2341 or visit www.FBCHomes.org.

 

Make Your Gift Count this Year!

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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For those wishing to deliver a year-end charitable donation to support either Florida Baptist Children’s Homes or Orphan’s Heart, our offices will be open during regular working hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) on Monday, December 30.  On New Year’s Eve — Tuesday, December 31 — a member of our development staff will be in each of the Lakeland, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee offices until 4:30 p.m.  After 4:30 p.m. at all of our offices, instructions how and where to drop off financial contributions will be posted on the door at the main entrance of the campus office.

Contributions mailed to our offices must be postmarked on or before December 31 to be eligible to receive a tax deduction for 2013.

An alternative to visiting one of our campuses is to make your year-end gift online at http://www.fbchomes.org/ways-to-help/giving-opportunities.  Once you have arrived at this online page, go to “click here to donate online” to make your gift.

All gifts, regardless of amount, are important and are appreciated.  Thank you.

Governor Scott Signs “Infants Born Alive” Legislation

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

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Cantonment, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott signed HB 1139 to grant infants who survive abortion procedures the same rights as infants born naturally.  Governor Scott was joined by First Lady Ann Scott and pro-life supporters from across the state to sign this bill at Florida Baptist Children’s Home in Cantonment.

 

Governor Scott said, “As a father and grandfather, there is nothing more precious or special than welcoming a new child into this world and by signing this bill, we are protecting the most vulnerable among us and affirming their rights as individuals. This legislation ensures common-sense measures are taken to help care for the babies who survive abortion procedures and grants those infants the same rights as infants who are born naturally.

 

“I also want to applaud bill sponsors Senator Anitere Flores and Representative Cary Pigman for their commitment to ensuring this bill became law. Representative Pigman is a U.S. Army reserve lieutenant colonel who is currently deployed in Kuwait and proudly serving our nation.  I was pleased he was able to join our event today via Skype so we could recognize his hard work on this legislation and for his selfless service to our nation.”

 

Read the full press release here.

Child Welfare System Moves to Build on Safety Progress

Monday, April 15th, 2013

By FLORIDA BAPTIST WITNESS

TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – The state foster care system is about to loosen up a little on kids who want to live more normal lives, but may soon also offer more protection to those nervous of stepping out of its protective wrap.

Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed “Let Kids be Kids” legislation that is aimed at reducing bureaucratic hoops for foster kids and their families who would no longer need approval for certain activities enjoyed by other kids.

Meanwhile, a Senate committee unanimously passed a bill (SB 1036) extending foster care to age 21 to avoid simply throwing out some kids who still feel they need some protection.

“I’m in foster care because I was sexually abused for four or five years by my father, so interacting with people can be really difficult for me,” Manushka Gilet told the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. “And it’s scary to know that in just a few months, I’m going to be 18 and I’m just going to be – alone.” (more…)

A Commendable Mission: Rescuing Sibling Groups From Foster Care Split

Friday, April 12th, 2013

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By BRADENTON HERALD EDITORIAL

Sometime in the coming weeks, two large groups of siblings placed in foster care will receive a blessing rare in the state’s child welfare system. They will remain together under one roof with foster parents, not split apart as is all too often the case.

Those children can thank the generosity, kindness and faith of a number of Manatee County residents and others who donated their time, energy and money to build homes large enough to accommodate this mission. The faith-based Guardian Angles of Southwest Florida and Florida Baptist Children’s Homes are behind this project. (more…)