The Gospel, bigger than any statistic

Posted by Heather Sewell on September 11, 2013  /   Posted in Advocacy

By: Heather Sewell You may have seen the heart-wrenching statistic for aging-out foster youth. Living a life alone, without grace, forgiveness, or Jesus leads 75 percent of these young adults to worldly traps causing them to fall into a life of homelessness, incarceration or pregnancy out of wedlock. Many of these young adults turn to the

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Safe Families for Children keeps families together

Posted by Heather Sewell on September 09, 2013  /   Posted in Safe Families

By: Chesson Hazlewood   “It’s not okay, it’s not how a normal household runs,” LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said in a report of a parent allegedly leaving her children home alone during this summer’s heat. I don’t know about you but hearing reports like these calls my heart to action. I think, “there has to

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Caring for Kids from Hard Places

Posted by Office Admin on July 23, 2013  /   Posted in Newsletters

March 2013 As the Body of Christ has stepped up in our obedience to care for the fatherless in our world, we are also growing in the understanding of being equipped for the day-to-day relationships of these commitments. Many of the children that we are called to care for through Life Coaching, Safe Families, foster

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OCA Ministry Overview

Posted by Heather Sewell on July 23, 2013  /   Posted in Newsletters

May 2012 You may recall in last month’s newsletter, I introduced Orphan Care Alliance (OCA) with an overview of the ministry and referencing our Vision and Mission statements. This month, I would like to take a deeper look into where OCA places its focus. I hope this overview helps to clarify your understanding of how God is

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Foster Parent Devotional: Psalm 44:3

Posted by Heather Sewell on July 23, 2013  /   Posted in Parenting

They called her the baby that never smiled. She came to us at eight months old with allergies and rash all over her body. We began the process of assessing her needs, taking her to the doctor, and loving her. A month later, she was a different baby who never stopped smiling. She captures the

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Adoption through Foster Care

Posted by Heather Sewell on July 22, 2013  /   Posted in Adoption

By: Chris Crutchfield There are thousands of children – 115,000 to be exact – in the US foster care system who are eligible for adoption. Nearly 40% of these kids will wait over 3 years in foster care before they are adopted, and 55% will have multiple placements during this time. According to the US State Department,

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Life Coach Director Q&A: Becoming a Life Coach

Posted by Heather Sewell on July 17, 2013  /   Posted in Life Coaching

By: Heather Sewell Orphan Care Alliance relies heavily on volunteers to minister to the fatherless. One ministry in need of dedicated volunteers will always be Life Coaching. Cliff Carlson, the director of Life Coaching, gives insight to help you understand more about the ministry and the direction it intends to go. Explain the process someone

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Foster Youth: Not Numbers on a Graph

Posted by Heather Sewell on July 15, 2013  /   Posted in Foster Care

By: Chris Crutchfield I am a blessed (and often challenged!) mother of 2 teenage boys.  My boys do not worry about where they will sleep at night, if they will have enough food to fill their stomachs, who will care for them when they are sick or feeling sad or lonely.  They have their own

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