In 2016, nearly 16,000 children in Florida were removed from their home because of abuse, abandonment and/or neglect. Many of those children are like Frank*, who came into the care of one of our foster families several years ago, arriving with 32 broken bones. His biological family initially claimed that Frank had a genetic bone disease but it was soon determined that his injuries were a result of extreme child abuse.
His tiny, frail body was wrapped in a sling cast. Baby Frank’s foster parents had to be very careful when holding him so that his injuries could heal properly. Not only was his body fragile, he was also behind developmentally. Due to the trauma he endured in his short life, he rarely cried or showed any emotion at all.
The foster parents attended to Frank’s needs with love and continual care. They made sure he attended all medical appointments, and they interacted graciously with the professionals who were involved in the case. As Frank’s case continued through the court process, there were many heart-wrenching moments. The birth mother finally decided to surrender her rights, making Frank available for adoption.
Because of the bond our foster family created with Frank, they prayerfully decided to make him a part of their family, forever! Today, Frank is healed, healthy and thriving! I am overwhelmed by the Lord’s grace and providence in baby Frank’s life. What an honor it is for Florida Baptist Children’s Homes to be a part of his story!
In 2016, we impacted 171,273 children and families through our services and programs in Florida and around the developing world. We were able to meet tangible, immediate and long-term needs and show hurting children the life-changing love of Christ. Children like baby Frank.
In 2017, we will continue the fight to push back the darkness children and families endure by all means necessary, and we are asking you to help us stand in the gap as we continue our pursuit to help One More Child.
At Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, gifts of every size are crucial to changing the life of One More Child. Every single gift has immense potential to provide hope and healing!
Will you give today so that children can live in loving homes and find safety and stability in challenging times? We depend on the generosity and faithfulness of our partners to serve children and families. Thank you so much for using your gifts to serve the “least of these.”
Together for Children,
Jerry T. Haag, Ph.D., CFP ®
President, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, The Porch Light & One More Child
P.S. Please prayerfully consider making a gift in honor of someone special in your life this Mother’s Day. Your gift will provide hope and healing to hurting children.
*Name, certain details and photograph have been changed for reasons of confidentiality.
**Your gifts will be applied to the area that you designate. If designated gifts should exceed the amount required for a particular need, then those funds will be applied to the area of greatest need for our children.