For over a 100 years the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Central Florida has been serving neglected, abused, and troubled children ages 6 to 17. Services include foster, residential, therapeutic and emergency shelter care along with a community child care center and independent living assistance.
The Children's Home uses a House Parent Model where the residents and house parents share meals together which are prepared in the home, and are enjoyed in a family-style setting. There are fifteen different house settings. The campus programs within residential care include: admissions, education, recreation, clinical services, and health services. Two of the fifteen homes provide emergency crisis intervention/stabilization and specialized therapeutic group care services, one home provides a Teen Mother/Baby Program, and one home provides Specialized Treatment for Boys (STFB) Program.
The mission of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home Youth Independent Living Services is to facilitate residents’ transition to adulthood, teaching them life skills and increasing their emotional intelligence to enable their successful achievement of this transition.
The spiritual life is vital to the overall ministry of the Home. A full time chaplain is part of the Home's staff. Many of the children share in leadership for the Sunday morning service through leading worship, sharing in special music, or as ushers or acolytes. Residents use their tithes and offerings to support mission projects beyond the campus.
Construction is also underway at a new campus in North Florida. The extension, called the Madison Youth Ranch, will include residential and therapeutic care and plans for equine-assisted therapy.