LaKay Fayson Recruitment Coordinator
One Church One Child of Florida reaches out to local communities in efforts to help change the situation for Children in Florida. On any given day, there are about 800 children in Florida’s foster care system available and waiting to be adopted. Over 50% of the children waiting are minorities. Also, the number of children coming into foster care and needing families to care for them temporary (foster families) until they can be safely returned to their homes and families is increasing across the state. This situation further increases the need for additional mentors and volunteers to help as well.
Community members and faith leaders can help with spreading the message that there is a great need for families, single or married, to provide a loving, permanent, home for children available and waiting in foster care to be adopted. Equally important is the critical need for families to provide temporary or foster homes for children coming into foster care, until they can be safely returned to their homes and families or placed for adoption. There is also opportunity for individuals to serve as mentors who can offer guidance and support for children in care or simply volunteer time to help with local outreach efforts.
One Church One Child was founded in 1980 to help the state of Illinois successfully address the disproportionate number of African American children lingering in the foster care system. Florida was fortunate to have
One Church One Child implemented as a statewide program in March of 1988 to address the state’s over representation problem. Today
One Church One Child partners with the Department of Children and Families, local community based care lead agencies and organizations and churches in aggressive efforts to help raise awareness and recruit foster and adoptive families and mentors for these children. Rev. Beverly H. Lane serves as President for Florida’s One Church One Child State Board of Directors and Regional Vice President for National One Church One Child.
If you would like more information regarding becoming an adoptive or foster parent, mentor, partner or volunteer, you are welcome to attend a One Church One Child Education Forum. The next education forum is scheduled for Thursday, June 16, 2016, from 6:00-7:00pm, at St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church. The church is located a t 2315 5th Avenue Dr. E. in Palmetto, FL.
Refreshments will be served. Please contact LaKay Fayson, Recruitment Coordinator for One Church One Child of Florida’s SunCoast Region, at (813) 7400210 or lakay_fayson@ ococfl.org. The website for One Church One Child of Florida i s www.ococfl.org .