Foster parents play a critical role in the care and development of abused, neglected and orphaned children. Being a foster parent is a vital ministry to precious children who often come from tragic circumstances. Foster care placements can either be short-term or long-term depending on the unique circumstances of the child. While a child is in foster care we work with the child’s family to remediate the problems that caused the child to be removed, and if possible, reunite the child with their parents.

The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (FBCH) carefully screens and trains foster parents. We look for caring, Christian adults who will open up their home to a child, and where possible, to multiple children in order to provide them with the love, safety, and security that all children deserve. The Children’s Homes conducts a 10-week required training for prospective foster parents as well as providing on-going, hands-on assistance to foster parents as they serve.


Guardian Angels approached FBCH with the idea of hiring a Social Worker to begin recruiting foster families from the local church community. Under the auspices and supervision of FBCH, Guardian Angels funded its first Social Worker (click HERE to email).

Since beginning her work in 2009, Sheri has done an outstanding job of recruiting, training, and securing the licensing of Christian foster parents from several local Christian fellowships. As of March, 2011, Sheri has been able to successfully place more than 30 children in Christian foster homes. Sheri is a passionate advocate for children. She lets the community know of the need for foster families, walks the families through the training and licensing process, and supports them in their work with children. Sheri works with homes in Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto County.

Our social workers/case workers are based in Bradenton, Florida and are available to families and community-based care agencies to tap into Florida Baptist Children's Homes' ministries statewide. Services offered:

  • Counseling families
  • Making referrals
  • Developing and maintaining a network of Christian foster families
  • Placing and monitoring children in foster homes
  • Placing children at one of our campuses
  • Coordinating adoptions, and
  • Helping churches become involved in the ministry.



Click HERE to hear testimonials and comments from some of our foster parents. These comments help to present a glimpse of the experiences and rewards involved in becoming a Foster Parent to help the children of our community.


Click HERE to view an excerpt from a recent FBCH Newsletter article about two amazing foster parents in our community - Lorie & Shane Baxley - and how they have made a difference in the lives of children in our community.



The offices for our Social Worker are located at:

West Bradenton Baptist Church
1305 43rd St. W.
Bradenton, FL 34209

Please feel free to Contact Us for further details or to learn more about how you can join Guardian Angels in helping the children of our community.