Florida Programs

About Us

We help children thrive by giving families hope.


So much more than a foster care agency.

We’re fiercely passionate about advocating for—and serving—at-risk children and families. We do more than provide housing for children, we embrace them into environments in which they can live, learn and thrive. 


We’re a faith-based, 501(c)3 non-profit agency that works to connect foster families with children in need of loving and caring homes.




As advocates for children and families in need, we serve our community by ensuring the well-being of vulnerable and neglected kids through a variety of prevention, residential and preservation programs.



  • Licensed by the Department of Children and Family (DCF) as a Child Placing Agency
  • Contracted for services through Families First Network (FFN)
  • Accredited by the Council of Accreditation (COA) 

  • An agency member of the Florida Coalition for Children (FCC) 

  • A national member of the Foster Family Treatment Association (FFTA) 
A subsidiary ministry of the United Methodist Children’s Home, (Originally established in Alabama/1890)


  • Florida Programs

    (Click below to learn more)

    Residential Girls Home

    Foster Care

    Crestview Teen Center

    Family Preservation

    Florida Staff

    All emails are first.last@umch.net, for example rebecca.morris@umch.net.

    Executive Team

    K. Blake Horne, Ph. D.

    President/CEO

    Kristin Webb Alberda, MSW, LICSW

    Senior Vice President of Programs

    Tracey Williams

    Executive Director UMCH Northwest Florida Ministries

    Rebecca Morris

    Senior Vice President of External Affairs

    Leadership Team

    Joanie Busbin

    Joanie Busbin

    Director of Human Resources

    Charlotte Thomas

    Florida Regional Director

    Chris Vessell

    Marketing Director

    Managers Team

    Abbi Dubose

    Gulf Coast Group Home Program Manager

    Tammie Veader

    West Florida Foster Care Program Manager

    Mae Knox

    Crestview Teen Center Program Manager/FL FOCUS Manager