Homes, Healing & Hope

We're fiercely passionate about serving and advocating for vulnerable
children and families in crisis. We don’t just care for children, we care
about them, embracing them into environments in which they can live,
learn and thrive.

Homes, Healing & Hope

Helping children thrive.
Giving families hope.

Our passion for serving children is motivated by compassion and we are compelled to serve because we know children are relying on someone to care for them when those closest to them aren’t able to adequately provide that care.

There are more children in foster care than there are available licensed foster homes to care for these children in Northwest Florida. Kids who are all too familiar with neglect, abuse and abandonment. We’re on a mission to embrace and nurture these vulnerable children by embracing them, meeting them where they are and loving them unconditionally. We’re not only providing them with homes, we’re giving them a system of support and care to help them flourish.

While faith serves as the core of our mission, we are driven by a desire to nurture, support and prepare kids for productive, thriving futures. We believe we can break what often becomes a cycle of neglect and circumstance for many of the children in our care. Our caring and compassionate team works to change the trajectory of the lives of children in foster care by recruiting, training, licensing and supporting foster parents in Northwest Florida in addition to continually providing support and resources that position foster families for success.

Our Mission

Our Mission

“In response to God’s Word, we embrace and nurture vulnerable children and families by providing homes, healing and hope.”

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A Century of Success

While we’ve been in Northwest Florida since 1974, we have since built upon the foundation of nearly a century of success.

We reach beyond denominational barriers and state borders to connect our communities in Alabama and Northwest Florida. What started as an orphanage in Summerfield, Alabama has since grown to serve thousands of children and families across two states.

As a faith-based agency and ministry of the United Methodist Children’s Home, we bring to life the ongoing mission of caring for kids and families in crisis. Throughout our organization, we work towards the same mission of serving vulnerable populations of kids and families in an effort to establish homes, healing and hope.


WHAT WE DO

Serving Children and Families

Serving Children and Families
Service Areas Map Florida Locations Alabama Locations Alabama Locations Walton County Okaloosa County Santa Rosa County Escambia County
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Service Areas

Where Adversity Meets God’s Grace and Unconditional Love

Our team works across the Florida Panhandle to provide programs and services to embrace children in foster care and families in crisis in Escambia County, Santa Rosa County, Okaloosa County and Walton County.

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Our founding ministry, the United Methodist Children’s Home, also provides services spanning the state of Alabama. Learn more by visiting UMCH.net.

Meet the Team

Our team of committed leaders and staff all work to serve the greater mission of providing homes, healing and hope to vulnerable children and struggling families on both ends of the neglect, abuse and abandonment spectrum.

Kristin Alberda, MSW, LICSW

Kristin Alberda, MSW, LICSW

Executive Director

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Charlotte Thomas

Charlotte Thomas

Director of Programs

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Ramsey Lawrence

Ramsey Lawrence

Development Director

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Program Managers

Abbi Shawyer

Abbi Shawyer

Program Manager,
Embrace Milton Girls Home

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Mae Knox

Mae Knox

Program Manager,
Embrace Family Preservation
& Embrace Teen Center

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Sheila Pittman

Sheila Pittman

Foster Care Program Manager,
Embrace Foster Care

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Joe Sims

Joe Sims

Family Preservation Program Manager

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Florida Board of Directors

Embrace Florida Kids is led by an independent, Florida-based volunteer board, who provides advisory leadership to our executive team.

  • Jerry Maygarden, Pensacola, Board President
  • Lisa Ausley, Niceville
  • Patricia Bullock Franklin, Pensacola
  • Greg Crouch, Santa Rosa Beach
  • Jeff Dannelly, Niceville
  • Kim Stagner, Gulf Breeze
  • Kirby Williams, Santa Rosa Beach
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