OneFamily was birthed to bring awareness, advocacy, and training to better the foster care community. OneFamily's mission is to equip and empower families to wrap around and support foster and adoptive families, increasing retention.
We train churches, partner with local businesses, empower our community and provide essential resources in order to nourish the families in our community and to bring temporary and forever homes to those who need them.
We believe in the power of community, the unity of churches, and the support of businesses to help, empower and bring hope to foster children and the families who care for them.
There are over 400,000 kids in foster care on any given day in America.
Children go into foster care due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, and even exploitation.
A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds.
48% of girls who grew up in foster care become pregnant by the age of 19.
90% of all homeless and runaway youth are from fatherless homes.
1 in 3 children enters foster care due to substance abuse.
40% of youth leaving the foster care system will be homeless in 18 months.
Only 3% of youth leaving the foster care system attain a college degree.
50% of youth who “age out” of foster care never graduate from high school.
The CarePortal is a platform that connects foster families to the resources they need. In addition to foster families being able to reach out to get their needs met, those who want to help can offer their support and resources. Discover more about CarePortal.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word love? Most of us associate that word with an emotion that we feel toward someone. We can all quickly recall all the people in our lives that we love. Most of us will start with our spouses, children and grandchildren. I would like to submit to you that real love is not an emotion. The problem with emotions is they cannot be trusted. They go up and down. Love isn’t an emotion. Love is a choice.
All through the Bible, we see times when God calls out to His people in their most difficult moments. He calls them to do something great. He called to Gideon while he was hiding in the winepress. He called to Moses from a bush that was on fire. He called Ruth to leave her country and go with Naomi to Israel. He called the three Hebrew boys to stand and not bow.
I will never forget the day we walked into a hospital in Orlando Florida excited about meeting a newborn baby boy that we could potentially adopt. We had no kids at the time. We dealt with infertility for many years and had recently opened our hearts to adoption. We anxiously walked into the NICU and met the attorney. She sat with us for a few minutes explaining the situation. She told us that she did not have any medical history on the baby. He was 3lbs 11oz. What’s crazy is he was not a preemie. We weren’t sure why he was so small. Then the attorney told us that we could go in and see the baby, but we had 15 minutes. She looked right at us and said, “I need a yes or no”. We had 15 minutes to make one of the biggest decisions of our lives. We had nothing for a baby. We didn’t have 9 months to prepare. My wife Sandra has just started a new job 2 days earlier. We now had 15 minutes to say “yes or no”. After seeing and holding the baby, Sandra looked at me and asked me and said, “well, what do you think?” I looked at her and said the now-famous words, “why would we say no?” We said “yes”!