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How Local Churches Support Foster Youth Transitioning to College

Posted by Heather Sewell on February 01, 2017  /   Posted in Advocacy, Life Coaching

How Local Churches Support Foster Youth Transitioning to College Imagine being a teenager facing transition into adulthood and independence all alone. Thousands of young people face aging out of foster care every year. These teens need support, guidance and family now, and for the rest of their lives.  OCA Life Coaching Director, Beth Pace equipped local churches

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Caring for Our Kids

Posted by Heather Sewell on January 27, 2017  /   Posted in Foster Care

Kentucky Foster Children need the Church by Brittany Lind One of the bravest women I know is the woman who gave birth to my son. She was young, it was her first child, her life was unstable and she hadn’t made all the best decisions up to that point, in fact, some of her decisions

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Four reasons OCA matters

Posted by Heather Sewell on December 29, 2016  /   Posted in Fundraiser

 My parents separated when I was 3 years old. I have heard it said that children won’t remember much, if anything, from their early childhood, but I remember the night my father left like it was yesterday. Yelling, screaming, lamps thrown, tables flipped. I spent most of that night in a closet, and then I

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Orphan Advocacy and You (part 2)

Posted by Heather Sewell on December 23, 2016  /   Posted in Advocacy

(read part 1) So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:38 What will you do with that freedom? Use this advent season to pray about your role in caring for families and children. Please consider praying through this list I have put together for you – in 2016, make your

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Orphan Care Advocacy and You

Posted by Heather Sewell on December 21, 2016  /   Posted in Advocacy

What is orphan care advocacy? What does it mean to mirror the gospel message and adoption? Who is affected by orphan care and how do I fit in? If you have ever asked any of these questions, we should talk. Without truly understanding the vast needs of adoption and foster care it doesn’t make sense

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6 holiday tips for adoptive families

Posted by Heather Sewell on December 14, 2016  /   Posted in Adoption, Adoption Support, Advocacy, Family Support

Adoption and the Holidays from OCAKids on Vimeo. Underlying issues like adoption, thinking about birth parents, sensory issues, new culture can cause extra aspects of stress to a family’s holiday celebrations. OCA wanted to provide some ways you and your family can plan for the upcoming holiday festivities with freedom and ease. These suggestions come

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OCA helped uphold my family

Posted by Heather Sewell on December 08, 2016  /   Posted in Adoption Support, Advocacy, Family Support, Fundraiser

OCA Helped Uphold My Family from OCAKids on Vimeo. Since 2008, OCA has been helping families bring children home with adoption matching grants and covenant loans. This year, 31 families have been given adoption financial assistance. Children have been adopted from China, Ethiopia, Haiti, Uganda and domestically.  In 2016, 62 couples from the Salt River

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#GivingTuesday with OCA

Posted by Heather Sewell on November 27, 2016  /   Posted in Events, Fundraiser

Orphan Care Alliance Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement and Pledges to equip Christians and provide opportunities to care for fatherless children.  November 29, 2016 – OCA has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year

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