Simply put, James 1:27 describes pure and faultless religion as caring for orphans and widows. Acting on this Biblical invitation, OCA equips Christians and connects them with opportunities to care for fatherless children and family preservation. We desire to see every child have a home and know the love of a family with the body of Christ leading the efforts. Knowing that welcoming a child into your home is not for every family, OCA provides opportunities to engage in orphan care whether its adopting or advocating.
Serving children and families affected by foster care and adoption
For the body of Christ to lead the efforts of caring for the foster care and adoptive community in Kentucky and southern Indiana
OCA’s 3 year strategic plan calls for an annual budget of $2,000,000/year as we grow to serve all of Kentucky and Southern Indiana with creating a Community of Care and Support for children and families affected by foster care and adoption. This is less than the cost for 40 children to be in Kentucky’s foster care system for one year. We would be blessed to receive your financial offering for the work God is enabling through OCA.
Our work begins with our belief in the intrinsic value and dignity of all people as image bearers of God. We seek to restore dignity where it has been lost and insure that everyone we come in contact with is treated with kindness and respect. “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12
We are committed to working hard and doing our best, always mindful that our excellence is measured not only by what we do, but more so by our love and compassion. “And yet I will show you the most excellent way…If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Cor. 12:31, 13:3 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24
We can persevere through hardship and obstacles because God has showed us His love and given us His Spirit. “We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hears through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
We hold fast to honesty and transparency in all our interactions both inside and outside of our organization. "May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.” Psalm 25:21 “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
Humility leads to flexibility. Our plan isn’t the only plan if it advances our mission. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interest of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4
Terry Boesing, Kids’ Care Closet Coordinator, Indiana
God doesn’t call us all to care in the same way. Some of our donors give until it hurts. Others literally cross oceans to get to their kids. Maybe God hasn’t put it on your heart to care in these ways, but what part can you play? Read Brandon’s Blog Post Brandon Karem has served on the OCA Board of Directors for the last two years. He has been married to his wife Heather for ten years. They have two children and Brandon is the General Manager at Bramco.
“OCA matters because there are kids getting lost or forgotten about in the system and no one is reaching out to them and caring for them. OCA does that. I am forever amazed at the hearts of those who work at OCA and their commitment to these vulnerable kids. I serve on the board because I believe that God is pleased with the work OCA does for the fatherless and I believe He has brought each person to OCA to fulfill His purposes in taking care of the kids.” Cristi Fowle has served on the OCA Board of Directors for the last two years. She has been OCA’s accountant for the last six years. She has been married to Bill for 30 years and they have two children. Cristi is a CPA and Controller at SureGene, LLC.
Austin Wilkerson is serving a second term on the OCA board of Directors. Austin is married to Elizabeth and they have five children. Austin is an attorney at Wilkerson Legal.
Glenn White is serving his first term on the OCA board of Directors. Glenn is married to Rossana and they have two adult boys Tyler and Connor. Glenn is the Packaging Maniac at Promise Packaging a foodservice packaging manufacturer's rep business based in Louisville.
Craig Peterhansen is new joining the OCA Board. Craig and his wife, Pam, have been married 33 years and have three children and three grandchildren. He is retired from Chevron Corporation and currently serves helping vulnerable children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Hope Collaborative.
Are you in need of our assistance? We offer support and care for struggling families through our Safe Harbor ministry. Additionally we offer classes, support and resources for anyone in any stage of the adoption or foster care journey.
We host events of all kinds every month. Take a look at our calendar for more details. We would love for you to join us!
OCA Overview Lexington 6:30 pm
OCA Connect Jefferson County – Calvary Christian Center 7:00 pm
OCA Connect Jefferson County – Calvary Christian Center @ Calvary Christian Church
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
OCA CONNECT is a monthly support group designed for families in ALL stages of the adoption and foster care journey. Connect meetings will feature adoption specialists who can come along-side parents to answer some of[...]
Indiana OCA Connect 6:30 pm
Indiana OCA Connect @ Graceland Baptist
Feb 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Indiana OCA Connect is a monthly support meeting designed for families in ALL stages of the adoption process (pre-adoption, during and post-adoption). Through Indiana OCA Connect, parents grow in their knowledge, gain support, become empowered and equipped[...]
Safe Harbor Training Lexington-Part 1 6:30 pm
Safe Harbor Training Lexington-Part 1 @ Centerpointe Christian Church
Feb 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Safe Harbor Training: This training is a THREE Part training. We have a training to equip our Safe Harbor Volunteers! Please register only ONCE for this three part training, but note it is required to[...]
Uniting KY Community Leaders Breakfast Pikeville 7:30 am
Uniting KY Community Leaders Breakfast Pikeville @ First Baptist Church
Feb 20 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Pastors and Community Leaders involved in foster care and adoption are invited to this breakfast hosted by Uniting KY. The event is FREE, but registration is requested so we can prepare accordingly! Please register below:
Uniting KY Community Leaders Lunch Ashland 12:30 pm
Uniting KY Community Leaders Lunch Ashland @ Unity Baptist Church
Feb 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Pastors and Community Leaders involved in foster care and adoption are invited to this lunch hosted by Uniting KY. The event is FREE, but registration is requested so we can prepare accordingly! Please register below:
Safe Harbor Training Lexington-Part 2 6:30 pm
Safe Harbor Training Lexington-Part 2 @ Centerpointe Christian Church
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Safe Harbor Training Part 2: This training is a THREE Part training. We have a training to equip our Safe Harbor Volunteers! Please register only ONCE for this three part training, but note it is[...]
Community Leader Dinner-Florence 6:00 pm
Community Leader Dinner-Florence @ Florence Baptist Church
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kentucky Community Leader Dinner Preparing Hearts and Homes for Kids in Foster Care If you are a Faith or Community Leader in the Florence area come hear Focus on the Family President Jim Daly share[...]
Adoption Option Louisville 7:00 pm
Community Leader Breakfast-Lexington 9:00 am
Community Leader Breakfast-Lexington @ The Lyric Theatre
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Kentucky Community Leader Breakfast Preparing Hearts and Homes for Kids in Foster Care If you are a Faith or Community Leader in the Lexington area come hear Focus on the Family President Jim Daly share[...]
Community Leader Lunch-Louisville 12:00 pm
Community Leader Lunch-Louisville @ Pendennis Club
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Kentucky Community Leader Lunch Preparing Hearts and Homes for Kids in Foster Care If you are a Faith or Community Leader in the Louisville area come hear Focus on the Family President Jim Daly share[...]
Community Leader Dinner-Bowling Green 6:00 pm
Community Leader Dinner-Bowling Green @ Crossland Community Church
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kentucky Community Leader Dinner Preparing Hearts and Homes for Kids in Foster Care If you are a Faith or Community Leader in the Bowling Green area come hear Focus on the Family President Jim Daly[...]
Safe Harbor Training Lexington-Part 3 6:30 pm
Safe Harbor Training Lexington-Part 3 @ Centerpointe Christian Church
Feb 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Safe Harbor Training Part 3: This training is a THREE Part training. We have a training to equip our Safe Harbor Volunteers! Please register only ONCE for this three part training, but note it is[...]