Family Support

Let us Lift you up this Fall

Posted by Heather Sewell on September 21, 2017  /   Posted in Events, Family Support

Learn to connect with kids from hard places and enjoy a day of encouragement and healing. This local conference gives our community resources, encouragement and life-giving breakout sessions! The best news, it’s only $5 per person until October 1st and then registration increases to $10!! Breakfast and lunch will be provided. What is the HELP, HOPE,

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Self-Care: A Critical Component of Persevering

Posted by Heather Sewell on August 17, 2017  /   Posted in Advocacy, Family Support

By: Amy L. Denley, Psy.D. By and large, most adoptive parents I have met are remarkable people. They are committed to causes bigger than themselves and are courageous and generous about investing themselves in the lives of others. But sometime this “outward focus” can leave adoptive parents little time for self-care. Their own emotional, spiritual and physical needs may be

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OCA Connect-Crestwood

Posted by Office Admin on May 23, 2017  /   Posted in Adoption Support, Family Support, Parenting

One final reminder message about our next OCA Connect meeting tonight.  Our topic will be “How to talk with your child about adoption,” and we are blessed to have 2 presenters to lead our discussion.  Renee Witkowski will share on the topic from a professional and person standpoint, since she works in the field and

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Foster Care Is…

Posted by Heather Sewell on February 20, 2017  /   Posted in Adoption, Events, Family Support, Foster Care

Foster care doesn’t have to be “plan B.” My husband and I did not pursue foster care because of an inability to have biological children. We also didn’t do it because we are special or possess a unique ability to remain unattached from children that come into our home. Our plan from the beginning was

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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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