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One Church One Child of Florida works on foster child issue

LaKay Fayson, recruitment coordinator One Church One Child of Florida, helps find homes for youngsters in foster care. PROVIDED PHOTO
LaKay Fayson, recruitment coordinator One Church One Child of Florida, helps find homes for youngsters in foster care. PROVIDED PHOTO

BRADENTON -- One Church One Child was founded in 1980 to help Illinois address the disproportionate number of African-American children lingering in the foster care system. The program was implemented in Florida in March 1988 to address its problem.

At any given time, approximately 800 children in Florida's foster care system are waiting to be adopted.

One Church One Child of Florida is a faith-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which partners with the Department of Children and Families, churches and Community Based Care Lead Agencies to help find homes for children throughout each church to adopt at least one child.

The Rev. Beverly Hills Lane is president of the State Board of Directors and regional vice president.

One Church One Child observes National Adoption Day on the second Sunday in November, which is National Adoption Month.

Volunteers for One Church One Child are needed. If you have time you can donate to assist the recruitment coordinator, help is needed providing services such as distributing information at community events, planning activities, clerical work and/or telephone contacts.

For information on adopting, fostering, mentoring, partnering, watch care or volunteering, call recruitment coordinator LaKay Fayson at 813-985-7831 or contact lakay_fayson@ococfl.org.

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