Fort Myers Campus

Fort Myers Campus

The Fort Myers campus, known as our “Southwest Florida Children’s Home,” consists of a more than 5,000-square-foot residence just east of McGregor Baptist Church. The church provided the property; the Royal Palm Baptist Association built and furnished the residence and continues to maintain it; Florida Baptist Children’s Homes provides staff and services.

Are you a former resident of the Fort Myers campus? If so, you may want to catch up with some old friends. Check out our list of former residents’ email addresses, and list your own so that others may find you.

Opened: October 1992
County: Lee
Acres: Approximately 5
Children’s residential-care cottages: 1
Children’s ages: School-age children through high school
Maximum number of children: 8
Services offered: residential care, adoption services, maternity care counseling, transition to independent living, referrals
Additional facilities:
an attached social work office

Address:
4551 Camino Real Way
Fort Myers, FL 33966
Fax: 239.931.0487
Phone: 239.275.7151
Email: FortMyers.FL@FBCHomes.org


Jacksonville Campus

Jacksonville Campus

Located east/southeast of the downtown area, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ Jacksonville campus is known as the “Baptist Home for Children.” It operated under the direction and financial support of three nearby Baptist associations (Black Creek, Northeast Florida, and Jacksonville) for 72 years before merging with Florida Baptist Children’s Homes on Jan. 1, 1999. The Baptist Home for Children has a long and proud history of helping a lot of boys and girls at a time in their lives when they were most in need.

Are you a former resident of the Jacksonville campus? If so, you may want to catch up with some old friends. Check out our list of former residents’ email addresses, and list your own so that others may find you.

Administrator: Melissa Poole
Opened: December 1926
County: Duval
Acres: Approximately 58
Children’s residential-care cottages: 3 (Terry Parker, Hatcher and McGowan residences)
Foster Family Homes: Meninak and Elizabeth’s House
Children’s ages (residential): School-age children through high school
Children’s ages (homes): newborn through high school
Maximum number of children: 24 (residential), 10 (Foster Family Homes)
Services offered: residential care, adoption services, foster care, transition to independent living, Caring Families, Urban Ministries, maternity care counseling, referrals
Additional facilities:

  • Large chapel with attached offices
  • Mitchell Hall, a two-story building with apartment for off-duty child care workers
  • Brown Cottage, a duplex for off-duty child care workers
  • Gymnasium
  • Carpenter’s shop
  • Barn
  • Maintenance building

Address:
2300 Bartram Road
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Fax: 904.721.3620
Phone: 904.721.2711
Email: Jacksonville.FL@FBCHomes.org


Lakeland Campus

Lakeland Campus

The Lakeland campus of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes was established in 1948 after a move from the founding campus in Arcadia, Florida. It comprises several cottages with Christian house parents and staff who serve children facing various traumatic family situations. The campus provides a multitude of resources for abused, abandoned and neglected children from residential services, emergency shelter care, foster care, adoptions and community programs such as Caring Families and Compassion Ministries.

Are you a former resident of the Lakeland campus? If so, you may want to catch up with some old friends. Check out our list of former residents’ email addresses, and list your own so that others may find you.

Administrator: Stephen Roberts
Opened: 1948
County: Polk
Acres: Approximately 35
Children’s residential care cottages: 4 (Miller/Dorothy, Mabry/Curls, Bonniville, and Denham/Tate residences)
Children’s emergency shelters: 1 (King residence)
Children’s ages: School-age children through high school
Maximum number of children: 44
Services offered: residential care, emergency shelter care, adoption services, foster care, transition to independent living, referrals, maternity care counseling
Additional facilities:

  • Multipurpose building, known as the Mildred W. Carlton Learning Center, which includes a library, tutoring areas, arts and crafts rooms, a half-court gymnasium, an office, a swimming pool and picnic shelter
  • A storage building
  • A maintenance shop
  • A chapel
  • The Piper Children’s Center administration building, which serves all Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ programs, services and facilities throughout the state

Address:
Joe K. Blanton Campus
1015 Sikes Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33815
Fax: 863.284.5684
Phone: 863.688.4981
Email: Lakeland.FL@FBCHomes.org


Miami Campus

Miami Campus

Located in the Kendall area southwest of downtown Miami, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ Miami campus has an extensive history of helping children in their time of need.

Are you a former resident of the Miami campus? If so, you may want to catch up with some old friends. Check out our list of former residents’ email addresses, and list your own so that others may find you.

Opened: 1958
County: Miami-Dade
Acres: Approximately 5.7
Residential-care cottages: 2 (Gryder and Dorris Residences)
Children’s ages: School-age children through high school
Additional facilities: maintenance shop
Maximum number of children: 16
Services offered: campus ministries, adoption services, foster care, maternity care counseling, transition to independent living, referrals

Address:
7748 SW 95th Terrace
Miami, FL 33156
Fax: 305.271.8891
Phone: 305.271.4121
Email: Miami.FL@FBCHomes.org


Pensacola Campus

Swilley Residence is a 5,500-square-foot family-style cottage with an attached social work office.

Are you a former resident of the Pensacola campus? If so, you may want to catch up with some old friends. Check out our list of former residents’ email addresses, and list your own so that others may find you.

Regional Director: Tania Wilson
Administrator: Jonathan Hasel
Opened: April 2001
County: Escambia
Acres: Approximately 20
Children’s residential-care cottages: 1 (Swilley Residence)
Children’s ages: School-age children through high school
Expansion plans: 2 more children’s cottages; plus a multipurpose building that will include a library and tutoring area, a large activities area, campus-staff offices
Maximum number of children: 8
Services offered: campus ministries, adoption services, foster care, transition to independent living, maternity care counseling, referrals

Address:
1000 Chemstrand Road
Cantonment, FL 32533
Fax: 850.968.1322
Phone: 850.968.1114
Email: Pensacola.FL@FBCHomes.org


Tallahasse Campus

Tallahassee Campus

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ Tallahassee campus has a heart and history for helping children during their greatest times of need. The campus has a beautiful rural setting; its centerpiece is a scenic lake with a pier.

Are you a former resident of the Tallahassee campus? If so, you may want to catch up with some old friends. Check out our list of former residents’ email addresses, and list your own so that others may find you.

Administrator: Jonathan Hasel
Opened: 1973
County: Leon
Acres: Approximately 35
Children’s residential-care cottages: 3 (Jones, Carlton and York residences)
Children’s ages: School-age children through high school
Maximum number of children: 24
Services offered: campus ministries, adoption services, foster care, transition to independent living, maternity care counseling, referrals
Additional facilities:

  • The Gretna Baptist Learning Center, a 10,000-square-foot multipurpose building that includes a library, tutoring areas, a half-court gymnasium, social work offices and support offices
  • Swimming pool and picnic shelter
  • Commissary and walk-in cooler/freezer
  • Maintenance building

Address:
8415 Buck Lake Road
Tallahassee, FL 32317
Fax: 850.942.9981
Phone: 850.878.1458
Email: Tallahassee.FL@FBCHomes.org