But you, O God . . . are the helper of the fatherless.Psalm 10:14 (NIV)
Florida Baptist Children’s Homes does a lot more than just give children a place to live. We make sure they are treated like part of a loving family! They receive quality medical care, nourishing food, proper clothes and an education. We give them counseling, lots of love and attention and try to give them a childhood that’s as normal as possible under difficult circumstances. But the most important thing we give them is hope; we teach them about the love of Jesus!
Florida Baptist Children’s Homes has six campuses across the state of Florida! They are located in Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Miami, Pensacola and Tallahassee.
Our campuses serve school-age boys and girls in family-style homes, which we refer to as “cottages.” Typically, there are bedrooms for one, two or three children, a family room, living room, kitchen and laundry room. Each residence accommodates up to eight children at a time, and each is staffed with house parents.
Some of the children who live on our campuses have been abandoned, neglected or abused. Others have been caught in a family crisis or have parents/guardians who can no longer care for them.
We carefully select our child care workers to be the right people doing the right things at the right time in the children’s lives. We look for role models – nurturing, compassionate men and women who will provide the children with love and limits, all in a stable and safe home. We look for devoted, patient people who will be there for the children when they need someone to talk to, a shoulder to cry on, a hand to grasp, a word of encouragement, a healing smile and hope for the future.
If you are interested in becoming a house parent, email us at Children@FBCHomes.org.