Foster Family Homes
Every day, children who have already suffered the trauma of being removed from their home face the additional trauma of being separated from their siblings. This situation is commonplace all over Florida, but it doesn’t have to be. Through innovative foster care programs like Foster Family Homes ministry at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (FBCH), churches and communities can partner to keep siblings together.
A New Model of Foster Care
In addition to FBCH’s traditional foster care and residential care on one of six FBCH campuses, FBCH has launched a new foster care program called Foster Family Homes. This ministry provides foster care in private residential homes owned by FBCH or other partnering non-profit organizations. Residences in the Foster Family Homes ministry can serve up to five children and parents must be willing to take children of any age from infancy to age 17, allowing them to serve more children and keep siblings together. This aspect of the program is unlike traditional foster care programs that are often able to place only one or two children in a home and allow parents to specify what ages of children they are willing to take. Offering hurting children loving and Christian care in Foster Family Homes ministry gives them stability and a sense of belonging to a family. It brings comfort, security and hope to the lives of the children. Unlike regular foster parents, Foster Family Homes parents do not have to pay rent and many supplies are provided through donations and community support. This is a huge advantage to parents who feel Christ’s calling to care for children but may lack the resources to do so.
More Foster Families Needed
We currently have Foster Family Homes located in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Bradenton and Sarasota. If you are interested in becoming Foster Family Home parents, please contact the following:
- Tallahassee area, contact Jonathan Hasel at 850.878.1458
- Jacksonville area, contact Melissa Poole at 305.271.4121
- Gainesville area, contact Melissa Poole at 305.271.4121
- Bradenton area, contact Stephen Robert at 863.688.4981
- Sarasota area, contact Stephen Robert at 863.688.4981