Who We Are

Our Mission

Sharing Christ-centered hope with children who have been abused, abandoned, orphaned, or neglected while supporting foster and adoptive families through awareness, training, outreach, and partnerships.

Our Vision

Christ followers provide for children who have been abused, abandoned, orphaned, or neglected so that they are loved in fully-equipped families, bringing about healing and generational change.

1143 children...

Are in out-of-home care in Sarasota, Manatee & Desoto Counties.
December 2017, Sarasota Safe Children Coalition

Board of Directors

Danny & Ann Marie Jones

Danny and Ann Marie Jones are the proud parents of three adopted children: Owen, Lilly and Emma. When Danny and Ann Marie set out on their personal foster care journey, God stirred in their hearts to get the local church more involved in the ministry of foster care. Danny and Ann Marie are passionate about leading the Church to the front-lines of foster care and orphan care, locally and around the world. They believe God is changing the world through the power of Jesus Christ, and that wounded children are finding hope, love and purpose as God moves His people to action.

Matthew & Kaitlyn Leake

Matthew and Kaitlyn Leake have the joy of being parents to Mason, Isaiah, Kensington, and Amelia. Matt and Kaitlyn have adopted from Uganda, have been licensed foster parents, and are passionate about supporting foster and adoptive families and children locally and globally.

Bridge a Life Staff

Jody Jester

Executive Coordinator

Jody and her husband, Ray, are parents to eight wonderful children. After having two biological children, Jody and Ray thought their family was complete. But God had other plans! Through the local foster care system, God added to their family a sibling group of six children through the blessing of adoption. Jody loves Bridge a Life's acknowledgement that not everyone is called to foster or adopt, but everyone can do something to help orphans locally and globally.

Jody and Ray attribute much of the success of their family to a strong support network of friends, family, and their local church.