The Polston Family

Danita PetersonAdoption Stories

My Life and Times of Having Six Adopted Boys

By: Deborah Ehler Polston

While most of our friends are experiencing the “empty nest”, or being Grandparents for the first time, we are stuck in a time warp of changing diapers and falling out of bed for the 3am feeding. I don’t remember navigating through the house in the dark as being so challenging. … Read More

Orphan’s Heart Set to Launch 2nd Annual 40 Days for the Fatherless Campaign

Adam FrickNews

LAKELAND, Fla. – Orphan’s Heart and the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes will be launching their second annual 40 Days for the Fatherless campaign in order to help raise awareness of the plight of orphaned and disadvantaged children throughout the world. The campaign kicks off on Monday, September 26 and concludes on Sunday, November 6, Orphan Sunday.… Read More

Couples find their mission field as house parents with the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes

Danita PetersonNews

LAKELAND, Fla. – Barry and Melissa Miller are busy preparing breakfast and getting the eight kids in their care off to school. It may appear to be rather chaotic with kids and book bags all around, but everything always seems to come together on time.

The Millers currently serve as primary house parents in Jones cottage on the Tallahassee campus of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.… Read More

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and Orphan’s Heart Press to Meet Their Many Childcare Needs

Danita PetersonNews

LAKELAND, Fla. The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and Orphan’s Heart (the Children’s Homes’ international childcare ministry) are striving to meet some of their priority childcare needs, which include new clothes and other supplies for their kids as they head back to school as well as large supplies of disposal diapers.

The Children’s Homes’ six campus locations are teeming with excitement as house parents work feverishly to get their kids ready for the new school year.… Read More

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and First Baptist Church Orlando Partner to Provide Underserved Communities with Pregnancy Resource Services

Adam FrickNews

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes rolled their new mobile pregnancy care resource center into the West Orlando area of Village Square last Saturday (May 14) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide pregnancy care services and information to young women in the area, which does not have a pregnancy care resource center.… Read More

The Rouse Family

Danita PetersonAdoption Stories

On Saturday, March 12th little Piper was born. Just 2 days later, she became a part of her forever family. When Ryan and Stacie Rouse, first met the birth mother of Piper in Lakeland a few months ago, they knew God had a special plan in store for them. The mother and the Rouse family immediately connected. … Read More

Children’s Homes to Provide Free Book to All Children in Florida Foster Care System ‘Victor’s Dream’ to inspire hope

Adam FrickNews

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes held a press conference in Tallahassee at the beginning of Children’s Week (April 4th) to announce that they would be providing each of the more than 18,000 children in the Florida foster care system with a new book titled Victor’s Dream.

The hardbound book, which is colorfully illustrated on every page, tells the fictitious story about a boy named Victor who lives at a children’s home with his younger brother and sister.… Read More