When we envision families, we envision loving, supporting parents who are a steady presence and light in the lives of their children. They are there to support them throughout their adolescence and transition into adulthood as their children continue to discover who they are and who they want to be.
Youth who age out of the foster care system don’t have this important support. At OCA, we believe it is critical for young adults to have someone walk alongside them as they step into adulthood. This is how we show love to foster children through life coaching and how you can become a life coach.
How We Love Foster Children Through Life Coaching
“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
Love means different things to different people. In fact, if you look it up on Dictionary.com there’s a list of 28 different ways to look at love. Sometimes it involves romance, sacrifice, being pursued or just having someone in your corner. But almost every definition of love involves some sort of connection or attachment to another person. For many young people who are living in foster care, it simply means being accepted, valued, and known.
As followers of Christ, we believe that every life is worth standing up for and nurturing to its full potential. Every week, Christians throughout Louisville and Southern Indiana put this belief into action. They step out of their normal routine and into the life of a young person affected by the foster care system. For many of the young people, their life coach is the only safe and caring adult in their life who isn’t being paid to be there. These Life Coaches are mirroring biblical love that “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres”. 1 Cor. 13:7
When God looks on us, He doesn’t just see who we are today. He sees who we will be and is committed to walking with us as we stumble to get there. In the same way, our life coaches come alongside young people in foster care to let them know they aren’t alone.
How To Become A Life Coach
Here’s how you can become a Life Coach:
- Attend 6-hours of training on topics such as the foster care system, trauma, attachment difficulties and mentoring youth
- Complete a background check (paid for by OCA)
- Complete an interview with OCA staff member
- Become matched to foster youth
Life Coaches can expect to:
- Meet with mentee one hour, once a week, for one year, initially outside the home
- Share the love of Christ
- Encourage the youth through the transition into adulthood
- Keep OCA updated about goal setting and achievement with mentee
Do you have at least 1 hour a week to give for the sake of one of these young people? For more information about becoming an OCA Life Coach please contact Jonathan Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can fill out the form at the bottom of this page to become a Louisville or Lexington area Life Coach.