Friends of Children of North Central Florida
Friends of Children of NCF, P. O. Box 358502, Gainesville, FL 32635-8502 (352) 672-6130
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Contact the Friends of Children (FOC) at (352) 672-6130 or at   To learn more about becoming a foster parent on the Cellon- Thomas campus, contact Mary Griffis, local Family Support Counselor for the Florida Baptist Children's Homes, at 386.418.0147 or at  
Who we are
Friends of Children of North Central Florida is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that raises funds to establish a local campus of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes to serve families in north central Florida. Friends of Children Board of Directors: Denny George, Pres., Trenton Reba Ridaught, Vice- Pres., Alachua Tammy Sanders, Sec., Trenton Bill Cellon, Treasurer, Gainesville Wayne Harvey, La Crosse Martie Touchstone, Lake Butler Ester Tibbs, Gainesville Kelli Munn, Gainesville June Register, Alachua
To contribute financially, mail a check to FOCNCF, P.O. Box 358502, Gainesville FL 32635- 8502, or  click on the “Donate” button below.
Be a part of this ministry by: Joining with your Sunday School class or other group to donate on a regular basis Asking your civic organization, church, or club to adopt the project
(photo by Kelli Munn) The Cellon-Thomas campus of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes is located at 17224 SR 121, Gainesville, just south of the Antioch Baptist Church and La Crosse.
The Friends of Children of North Central Florida was created from a dream of more than ten years ago to establish a Florida Baptist Children’s Homes campus in north central Florida. The FOC has worked tirelessly to tell people about this dream that has finally become a reality as the first house is finished but we’re still seeking another $700,000 to complete unit #2. Many individuals, churches, and businesses have helped with prayers and financial contributions to create this campus where hard-to-place teens and sibling groups can be cared for in a safe, loving environment by Christian foster parents. Siblings are often split up when they enter foster care because single-family foster homes are usually unable to care for more than one or two children at a time. That fact makes the Cellon-Thomas campus even more important because, when the campus is complete, as many as twenty children can be cared for at a time. The campus will significantly enhance the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ ability to keep brothers and sisters together.
The 8th Annual Yerman Friends of Children 5K Run & Walk  March 29, 2014, 8 a.m. Westside Baptist Church 10000 West Newberry Road Gainesville Run/Walk proceeds will used for construction of Unit #2 that will hold two foster families and up to ten children at a time. Visit or email to learn more about participating as a runner, a walker, or a volunteer before the event.