Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ Emergency Shelters, located on the Joe K. Blanton campus and at the Christian Care Center in Leesburg, are 24-hour intake facilities designed for the short-term care of school-age boys and girls who are in a crisis and need immediate placement. These children may be homeless, abused, abandoned, neglected or caught up in an insurmountable family conflict. Because of the emergency nature of the situations, admission procedures are streamlined so these children can be accepted almost immediately.
The Emergency Shelters are family-style cottages and can accommodate up to 12 children at a time. They are staffed with loving and experienced child care workers. Children are provided food, clothing, transportation, education and spiritual guidance while staying in the Emergency Shelters.
When a child is living in a shelter, one of our social workers/case workers develops a service plan and meets with all of the concerned parties — the child, his or her family, other social service agencies, court personnel, etc. — to arrange for counseling if warranted, to advocate on the child’s behalf, and to decide what long-term living arrangements will be in the child’s best interest. Sometimes the decision is to transfer him or her to a campus cottage or foster care home.
The children we meet at our Emergency Shelter are special, and we love seeing the way love can change their lives!