I am very appreciative for the H3 conference (Hope, Help, Heal) that was hosted the fall of 2013. It was very helpful with understanding special parenting issues and skills that are often associated with adoption. I am very pleased that OCA will be offering this conference again this fall. With these type of events being offered free to the community many more families will be blessed in the coming years.
I first encountered Orphan Care Alliance (OCA) after attending an adoption/foster care seminar in Louisville, KY. The seminar was helpful, informative and well done. Since then I have served as a seminar speaker and now as a hub coordinator for a new Lexington area hub of this nonprofit.
In addition to partnering with churches and engaging volunteers, the organization has done the hard work of starting a Safe Families for Children program in Kentucky - an awesome ministry that serves families in crisis and prevents children from entering foster care.
They are supportive of and have a good working relationship with state foster care system workers, and aim to work in partnership (not competition) with area churches, businesses and individuals.
Their life coaching ministry reaches older foster youth who often age out without supportive adults in their lives and their family support and advocacy programs encourage people to consider adoption and foster care, and then OCA supports them along the way. I would highly recommend supporting the work of OCA!