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 Ester Tibbs, Vice- Pres., Gainesville Mary Lynne Moore, Sec., Gainesville Bill Cellon, Treasurer, Gainesville Bobby Davis, Worthington Springs Martie Touchstone, Lake Butler Tonya Blackman, McIntosh
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 M. Mueller) The Cellon-Thomas campus of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes is located in Gainesville, for more details and directions contact Mary Griffis.
Our organization was created from a dream of more than ten years ago. Our purpose, to establish a Florida Baptist Children’s Home campus in north central Florida, was partially fulfilled in 2013 with a completion of a duplex on the Cellon-Thomas campus in Gainesville. This campus has been home to hard-to-place teens and sibling groups, who have been cared for in a safe, loving environment by Christian foster parents. We hope to complete the dream by adding a second duplex to the Cellon-Thomas campus. This will enable us to care for as many twenty children at a time. We are excited to be able to keep brothers and sisters together.
The 10th Anniversary of our Annual Yerman Friends of Children 5K Run & Walk  April 23, 2016, 8 a.m. Westside Baptist Church 10000 West Newberry Road Gainesville. On April 22, 2016 you can attend the Expo and pick up your packet. Run/Walk proceeds will be used for continued support of Foster care in North Central Florida. or email to learn more about participating as a runner, a walker, or a volunteer before the event.