Challenging communities to seriously consider adopting or mentoring

“I am a leader”

We are experiencing times when children are being taken from their homes and placed in the foster care system at very high rates. The need for temporary placements is critical until permanency can be achieved.

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 children pictured here and over 700 more like them are waiting for a permanent home and/or mentor, many 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?

January’s child is highlighted in this article; he too deserves 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.

Tommie

Tommie is an active, inquisitive kid who loves family and having fun. He’s a diligent student who strives for good grades, and he especially enjoys reading.

Tommie likes sports of all kinds, but he’s particularly good at football and dodgeball. He’s a natural leader and would make a great coach or mentor one day.

As it is, Tommie looks forward to being a dad and having a family of “all boys plus a girl.” Family is incredibly important to him, and he’s eager to become part of one.

If you are interested in knowing more about Tommie 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) 707-7113 or  lakay_fayson@ococfl.org.

For more information, log on to www.ococfl.org.

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