A call to action

Photo credit: Children’s Board Heart | Gallery of Tampa Bay, by Pezz Photo

TAMPA BAY – One Church One Child of Florida challenges communities to seriously consider adopting or mentoring children in need of a forever home. Do you have room in your heart for a child or siblings in need of a family?

This is an urgent and important question that must be raised time and time again, but each time there is a different child or children. One Church One Child of Florida is reaching out to families and individuals in local communities across the state in efforts to help share the truth that the child pictured here and others like him are.

Daily, over 700 children are in need of a family to call their own, many of them are minorities.  Can you provide a loving, permanent home for these children or other children like them or consider becoming their mentors?

Churches are asked to partner with One Church One Child in sharing information with congregations and extending Watch-Care Ministries to children.  Rev. Beverly Hills Lane, state president for One Church One Child of Florida and vice president for National One Church One Child, is challenging fellow pastors to get involved and encouraging families to open their hearts and homes to children in foster care.

These series of articles feature children located in communities across the state; they have no family identified to adopt them, will you take the challenge of opening your home and family to parenting them?

March’s children are highlighted in this article; they too deserve to have a family. Do pray sincerely for him and consider making him a part of your family through adoption or a part of your church through Project Watch-Care, for support and mentoring.

Spotlight, featured, Iyanna and SolomonSolomon, 17

Solomon is a kind-hearted young man who always endeavors to do the best he can. He has developed an affinity for fishing and being out on the water. Skateboarding and playing games are his favorite pastimes, and he’s also a very good artist.

If Solomon had the choice of going anywhere, he would take a whirlwind tour of every fair and carnival in the world–or just stick to getting his very own bounce house in the backyard.

Iyanna, 15

Iyanna is a sweet and sensitive little girl who loves to care for younger children and animals and craves the companionship of a female role model. She’s a talented writer, especially of poetry, and she has an uncanny ability to read and relate to other people.

She’s a little shy and introspective, but she loves to have a good chat with her friends. Her ideal home is one with a mom and maybe a sister or two, where her birthday will not only be remembered but will be celebrated in a big way!

These two kids will thrive in a loving, nurturing and active home with both male and female role models. Church involvement is important to them.

If you are interested in knowing more about Ashanti and other children in foster care available for adoption, or if you would like to become a foster parent, mentor, partner or volunteer, please contact LaKay Fayson, recruitment coordinator for One Church One Child of Florida’s SunCoast Region, at (813) 740-0210 or lakay_fayson@ococfl.org.

Log on to www.ococfl.org for more information.

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