Many families have a heartfelt desire and longing to adopt, but may not have the resources needed to cover necessary adoption services to include home studies, supervisions, placement fees and more. The Uniting Hearts Fund was established to allow for more adoptive homes for children who have been abandoned, neglected or abused. The Uniting Hearts Fund is helping meet critical resource needs for wonderful, pre-adoptive families that otherwise would not have the financial resources on their own to adopt.[/text_output][text_output]
Founded in Love
Professional Golfer Brad Bryant, a five-time tournament champion on the PGA and Champions Tours, along with his wife Sue, has a heart for adoption. The Uniting Hearts Fund was founded by Brad and Sue, who are also adoptive parents, as they gave a generous gift to impact children and families through adoption. Since that time, the Uniting Hearts Fund continues to make a difference for children and will impact future generations!
However, we need your help so that more families can provide a loving, adoptive home for children in need.
Give to Impact More Children Through Adoption
The more donations given to the Uniting Hearts Fund, the more children will be placed in a loving, adoptive home. During Brad’s 2016 golf tour, he is committing to give $5 toward the Uniting Hearts fund for every BIRDIE he makes and $25 for every EAGLE! Will you join Brad in doing the same for every Birdie and Eagle he makes on tour this year? By Uniting Hearts with Brad, Sue, and many others, you can make a significant impact for children and families through adoption!
Your gift can be made below electronically and immediately or you can send a *check to:
Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
P.O. Box 8190
Lakeland, FL 33802
*Please indicate on the memo section of your check that it is for the Uniting Hearts Fund.[/text_output][text_output]Together, we can bring more forever families to orphaned children in Florida![/text_output] href="#" data-color-override="false" data-hover-color-override="false" data-hover-text-color-override="#fff">Button Text
Learn more about Uniting Hearts Fund by clicking on the Frequently Asked Questions and read testimonies from families who have been served through Uniting Hearts Fund by clicking on Testimonials.[/text_output][accordion][accordion_item title=”Frequently Asked Questions”]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.
Use the giving form above to contribute to the Uniting Hearts Fund or you can mail a check to:
Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
P.O. 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 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.
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, resources may be limited during the course of the year depending on how many families are receiving assistance.[/accordion_item][/accordion][accordion][accordion_item title=”Testimonials”]Adam and Kellie Colaprete (and Maxwell)
Dear United Hearts Fund,
Thank you so much for your generous contribution towards our adoption. My husband and I have struggled to build our family for years and adoption seemed to be the route we were called to. While researching adoption, we saw that the cost was daunting and we didn’t see how we could ever afford it. After much prayer, we found Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and they told us how, with your help, we could afford to adopt. Needless to say, we were very excited and immediately started the process. Now, we were just given the precious gift of our first son, Max. Thank you again for helping us bring him into our family.
Adam and Kellie Colaprete (and Maxwell)
Clay & Leslie
For many years, the Florida Baptist Children’s Home was something we were aware of and even contributed to, on occasion. We would get the annual calendar and while in the laundry room, catch a glimpse of the child or children pictured for that month. Sometimes, we would even take a little time to discuss the stories told on the calendar and think for a few moments about the work being done there. At the end of 2011, though, that would change. After several years of prayer, we were ready to expand our family and decided to explore the “adoption option”. We knew enough about adoption to know that it was a process that could be cumbersome, costly, and not at all an easy alternative to having a child biologically. Still, the more we looked into it, the more infected we became with the idea. Even our five year old son, Noah, began to embrace the idea of giving another child a real family. Maybe it was because we are Baptist; maybe it was because we’ve always heard such wonderful things about the organization; or maybe it was just because the children on those calendars had become such a regular part of our “every day”. Regardless, we selected the Florida Baptist Children’s Home to facilitate our adoption plan and, in turn, God brought SarahVi Kincl into our lives to serve as our Adoption Specialist. Now, I know our story isn’t the norm, and people sometimes wait for years to “get the call”; but, what we’ve experienced through your ministry cannot be expressed in an email. In short, we finalized our paperwork in December and were holding our new daughter in March. The prayer that surrounded this situation, the commitment to our daughter’s best interest, and the commitment to the birth mother who so boldly chose to carry Caly Anne full term and entrust her to us, is a testament to your organization and staff. Your ministry is changing lives and is truly at the center of God’s will. We are forever grateful and now consider the Florida Baptist Children’s Home family.
Clay & Leslie
Erick and Whitney Rosario
Dear Uniting Hearts Fund,
Thank you so much for helping us with the adoption fees. Without you we would never been able to adopt our dearest treasure, Isabella. My wife and I have been through a lot over the years and finding out that we weren’t able to have our own children was heart breaking. However, we knew God had a plan for us, which in turn brought us to First Baptist Children’s Home. After Isabella was placed with us, just knowing that this little baby was ours, words couldn’t even explain how we felt. Again Whitney and I just want you to know how truly thankful we are for your foundation and the love you showed not only us, but everyone that turns to you for your help.
Erick and Whitney Rosario
Rick, Monica, Josh and Nathaniel Miller
Dear Uniting Heart Fund,
I wanted to share with you the joy and impact your gift has had on our life. One of the foundations of my husband and my relationship is the importance of family and a desire for a large family. We were called to adoption early in our marriage and adopted our oldest son at age 15 from foster care. When it came time to adopt a baby we feared the expenses involved. Finding the Florida Baptist Children’s Home and your subsidy gift was such a blessing, in so many ways. Nathaniel David was born on December 7, 2011 and we brought him home on December 10th. Since that day he has brought so much joy to our family. Nate the Great, as my family calls him, immediate inspired my oldest son to rethink some of the choices he was making and try to get out of trouble. It was like getting two sons. Our church community reached out to us as new parents and we have made so many new friends at church. I know people there look forward to seeing him each week. But mostly Nate has given me joy with every smile. He makes me laugh on a daily basis. I’ve experienced a deeper love than I knew possible. I’m not sure how we would have made our adoption dream come true without the gift that you gave to us. I am so grateful that I get to have the experience of being Nate’s momma every day.
Rick, Monica, Josh and Nathaniel Miller[/accordion_item][/accordion]