The Mims Family

Danita PetersonAdoption Stories

TALLAHASSEE (July 2009) – The Mims family is gathered around the kitchen table looking at photographs of Omon when he first started staying with the Mims family. Omon’s brother, Mitchell, teases him about being so skinny when he was a little kid.

Omon’s adopted family includes his father Chuck, his mother Natalie, his brother Mitchell (17), and his sister Morgan (14).… Read More

Haag to Leave Children’s Homes

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LAKELAND, Fla. – Dr. Jerry Haag, president of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes announced his resignation at a staff meeting Thursday morning. Haag will be leaving on April 15, 2011 to begin his new responsibilities as vice president of university development at Baylor University, his alma mater.

“Judge Ken Starr has asked me to join his President’s Council and to lead the development efforts for all of Baylor. … Read More

Children’s Homes Conducts Statewide Prayer for Haiti

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LAKELAND, Fla. – The air was crisp and cool across Florida last Wednesday as people stood outside shoulder to shoulder in prayer for the many children and families in Haiti that are still suffering in the aftermath of the devastating 7.0 earthquake that struck a year ago on January 12.

The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes marked the one year anniversary of the earthquake this past Wednesday by lifting up the many needs of that country in prayer at all of their campus locations across the state.… Read More

Large Gift of Medical Supplies is Answer to Prayer

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LAKELAND, Fla. – During 40 Days for the Fatherless, a campaign to promote Orphan Sunday, people were asked to pray for the more than 140 million orphaned children around the world. Orphan’s Heart asked people to pray specifically for the many needs of the Children’s Malnutrition Center in San Juan, Guatemala.

Last month, in an amazing answer to prayer, a group of pharmaceutical company representatives gave more than 50 cases of children’s medications for the Malnutrition Center.… Read More

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes Strengthens Orphan Care in Haiti

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LAKELAND, Fla. – Setting up tents, moving rubble, and distributing food in Haiti were not part of the regular duties of Eron Green, who serves as the central division administrator for the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.Green was one of six administrative staff from the Children’s Homes that took a week off from their regular duties to travel to Haiti in order to help improve the level of care at the Good Rest Mission orphanage along with several orphanages in the Port-au-Prince area.Charlie Cox, vice president of programs for the Children’s Homes directed the trip and said that the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince last January not only created major problems for an already impoverished nation, but also destroyed or severely damaged a number of orphanages.“Our trip focused on training childcare workers, helping to set up tents and distribute food and supplies, and assessing the overall needs in order to develop a sound long-term strategy for a new childcare ministry in Haiti,” Cox said.Dr.… Read More

The Tyus Family

Danita PetersonAdoption Stories

Pensacola, Fla. – The Tyus family is not your ordinary family. That’s quite easy to understand when you see their diverse 12 member group.

Kelley and Rodney Tyus always wanted a big family but after the birth of their two children, Ryan and Kyndel, the Tyus’ could no longer have children of their own. After considering adopting children internationally they decided to look into adopting a sibling group which needed a home right here in Florida.… Read More

The Dearie Family

Danita PetersonAdoption Stories

Walter and Chelsea Dearie began their journey with FBCH after 7 long years of trying to have a baby and several heartbreaking miscarriages.  After realizing that their hope of becoming parents might not happen naturally, they turned to FBCH to begin the process of adoption.  They went through the 30-hour MAPP classes required for adoptive parents, they completed all the background screenings and references, and they willingly participated in the home study process. … Read More