Author Archives Heather Sewell

Goodpaster Family Adoption Journey Reveals True Community

Posted by Heather Sewell on December 07, 2017  /   Posted in Adoption, Family Support

Written by: Heather Sewell Twenty-three percent of practicing Christians prefer to have biological children rather than adopt, according to a 2013 Frames study by the Barna Group. This was the story of Nathan and Jessica Goodpaster. When their son turned three, they began opening the discussion of having another child. As the months passed and

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Crestwood Connect to meet Second Tuesday in January

Posted by Heather Sewell on December 06, 2017  /   Posted in Uncategorized

The topic is creating meaningful traditions and we will share ideas to incorporate foster and adoptive children into existing family traditions, discuss issues related to the holidays and how that can be especially difficult for these children, and share with each other things that have worked well in the past.  Parenting skills would include preparing

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2017 OCA Ministry Impacts

Posted by Heather Sewell on November 30, 2017  /   Posted in Darren's Corner, Events

Written By: Darren Washausen What a great year of progress it has been for Orphan Care Alliance! I would like to thank our supporters and volunteers for all they do to enable this ministry to follow the mission of equipping, connecting, and caring. This year, OCA saw major growth and accomplishments. I want to highlight

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Family Preservation Efforts, Orphan Sunday 2017

Posted by Heather Sewell on November 16, 2017  /   Posted in Advocacy, Family Support, OCA Gateway, Volunteer Opportunities

Written By: Heather Sewell Since March 2017, Jefferson county volunteers have been on the front lines preventing fatherlessness through OCA Gateway. Nearly 40 needs have been met for Louisville families. This year, a volunteer provided a washer and dryer for a single mom who had been washing her family’s clothes in the bathtub. Another volunteer

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When a Church says, “Yes”

Posted by Heather Sewell on November 02, 2017  /   Posted in Foster Care

STAND SUNDAY 2017 from Christian Alliance for Orphans on Vimeo. August 5, 2016 by Jason Weber originally posted by CAFO One Question from a Pastor Changed Things for Hundreds in Foster Care When Bishop Aaron Blake, a pastor and foster/adoptive father, left his breakfast table for church on the second Sunday in November of 2004, he

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Donna Giovenco to speak at OCA Connect

Posted by Heather Sewell on November 01, 2017  /   Posted in Family Support

Next Tuesday at our OCA Connect meeting we will be learning together about food issues related to foster/adoptive families.  At our past meetings, it seems like this topic has come up a lot with a spectrum of specific challenges being mentioned.  We will have a short video presentation followed by a presentation by Donna Giovenco

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WHAS 11 covers H3 Conference

Posted by Heather Sewell on October 19, 2017  /   Posted in Events

Save the date and set your DVR! OCA executive director, Darren Washausen and State Farm agent, Jennifer Brown will be live on air Wednesday, October 25 on Great Day Live. This year’s 5th annual, Help, Hope, Heal conference will cover topics from self-care to nutrient imbalances in brain related disorders. With professional speakers, therapists and

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