Challenging the community to consider adoption or mentoring

“I like who I am!”

Children’s Board Heart Gallery Tampa Bay Photo by Erica Csatlos


TAMPA BAY — 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 more than 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?

July’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 for support and mentoring.

“I like who I am!”

“I like who I am!”


Marquele is a charismatic young man with a big heart. He loves science and wants to become a chemical engineer when he grows up. He has an insatiable curiosity, and once he latches on to an idea or interest, he’s determined to follow it through.

He is a good and loyal friend and a diehard Seahawks fan! Although he’s been through a lot in his young life, Marquele still has the simple desire of any kid: to be special to someone. He will thrive in a home with one or two loving, understanding parents, and will do best as the youngest or only child.

If you are interested in knowing more about Marquele and other children in foster care available for adoption, or if you would like to become a foster parent, mentor, partner or volunteer, contact LaKay Fayson, recruitment coordinator for One Church One Child of Florida’s SunCoast Region at (813) 659-4974 or

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