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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Food, International, International Relief, Nutrition

Mission: COCI creates opportunities for children in vulnerable situations to be loved, honored, nurtured, educated, and protected in a family environment. We develop and pilot local initiatives world-wide that serve children by promoting alternative care options to harmful institutional settings, provide training for professional care givers working with children at-risk in state-managed systems, and offer prevention and intervention services to women at risk of abandoning their children and children at risk of entering the institutional system.

Target demographics: extremely vulnerable children

Programs: No More Victims in Houston promoting education not incarceration, Little Blue Schools in Mexico providing education, water and nutrition, Adopt A House in the slums of Africa providing a Mama, food, clothing shelter and a future, Nada (Hope) for special needs children in Serbia and Bosnia.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

COCI has supported our organization, No More Victims, Inc., advocacy agency for newborns and children of incarcerated parents, Houston, TX for several years through funding, guidance and participation in our events. We are so honored to have their support. They are truly compassionate and committed to helping serve, protect and provide for children on a global scale. The administration, board of directors and volunteers are amazing individuals. COCI is a wonderful foundation with great leadership. One more thing that I would like to share is that COCI is also compassionate, caring and committed to the non-profits they support which is so very important as well. No More Victims is so proud to be a part of the COCI family. They deserve a billion star rating.


Rating: 5

Working with COCI has provided me with an amazing opportunity to help children in need in a unique way.


Rating: 5

It is my pleasure and honor to be marrIed to the Founder of COCI, Juli Hall. As her husband, I have had the opportunity to experience up close, the dedication not only of my wife to making a difference in the lives of children in desperate situations around the world, but also of the extraordinary Team of volunteers and colleagues who continually dedicate themselves to creating possibility for these children in a world where no possibility existed. I oftentimes think of how COCI got started, because Juli happened to watch a report on television of the kids in Romania who were the victims of a government program gone bad, and we're left with AIDS and abandoned by their families. How she said to herself, this isn't right and someone needs to do something about it, and then realized if it wasn't her, then who? So she went to Romania and met the children, and COCI was born. It has me remember that it only takes one person making a decision to make a difference in the world for the world to transform. It doesn't happen overnight, but once the momentum has begun, it's impossible to stop. My wife is an inspiration to me daily, as are all of the amazing individuals who have dedicated themselves to COCI and to making the world a better place for children everywhere. Come join us in whatever way you can. Experience what it means to make a difference. Be inspired. Be an inspiration.

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Rating: 5

I am part of the Team COCI group in Houston that Helps Athletes be twice as powerful when they sign up for an athletic event and athletes support COCI by raising funds for the world's most vulnerable children (www.teamcoci.org). Being part of this team has made a huge difference in my life by living a life that is bigger then myself and is of service to others. Thank you for providing that opportunity!