One Church One Child

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About This Program

Target Population: Adults willing to become adoptive or foster parents and professionals in the child welfare system

Brief Description

The primary goal of the One Church One Child program is to recruit families for adoption and foster care. The name comes from the mission of the first One Church One Child program founded in Chicago, IL: “to find one family in every one African American church in Illinois to adopt one child.” One Church One Child programs recruit these families by doing a presentation on the program to the targeted audience (e.g., Sunday morning worship service, weekday meeting, conference, workshop, small group discussion, forum, seminar, festival, etc.)

Each One Church One Child program has a board of directors comprised of a majority of clergy that serve as governing board members. The National One Church One Child office or a local One Church One Child agency works in partnership with state and local social service departments and agencies to recruit potential foster/adoptive families. Each program should have the proper technology to accurately, track, collect, analyze and report statistics and information on families, clients, and volunteers.

Program Goals:

The goals of the One Church One Child program are:

  • Facilitate and develop campaigns that recruit appropriate shelter, foster and adoptive
  • Develop and implement innovative approaches that reduce the length of stay for children in foster care who are available for adoption; families for children
  • Educate the broader community about the plight of children in foster care
  • Provide training and technical assistance geared toward the adoption of children by families and their communities
  • Develop corporate public/private sponsorship to help support program service delivery
  • Develop, monitor, and evaluate projects designed to address the needs of children in the child welfare system
  • Provide retention and support services to families

Contact Information

Dr. Joan L. Wharton
Agency/Affiliation: National One Church One Child, Inc.
Phone: (410) 323-6944

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: December 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2012