One Church One Child
About This Program
Target Population: Adults willing to become adoptive or foster parents and professionals in the child welfare system
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.
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
The essential components of One Church One Child include:
- Recruiting families
- By posting photos of waiting children at adoption fairs, adoption forums, adoption conferences, etc.
- Through the nonprofit faith-based communities by training volunteers to find interested families in their local congregation and invite them to informational meetings
- By posting flyers, booklets, and brochures in local barber shops, hair and nail salons, local food markets, schools, libraries, sororities, fraternities, businesses, local stores, etc.
- By presenting at school programs; older foster care children who are advocates speak to groups as well
- Offering monthly parenting classes for adoptive parents using child welfare professionals and local social workers from the partnering agencies and also trained staff from local programs on topics such as:
- Discipline and bridging the Gap
- Understanding Trauma and Its Impact on Children in the Child Welfare System
- Understanding How Culture and Spiritual Traditions Impact Child Maltreatment
- Mental health issues
- Parenting skills
- Educational issues
- Social behavior issues
- Employment enhancement
- Survival skills
- Anger management
- Health issues for children and family
- Social media control for children
- Confronting Conflict: Learning to Navigate Difficult Conversations
- Kinship Care
- Respite Care
- Providing resource materials to each interested family
- Working with some children when there are special events such as adoption parties, Christmas parties, parenting sessions, etc.
One Church One Child directly provides services to adults (regardless of whether they are parents or caregivers) and addresses the following:
- Willingness to become a foster or adoptive parent and lack of knowledge on how to do this
18-25 contacts a week, 30- to 90-minute sessions
6 months to 3 years
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Adoptive Home
- Community Agency
- Foster/Kinship Care
- Residential Care Facility
This program does not include a homework component.
One Church One Child has materials available in a language other than English:
For information on which materials are available in this language, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).
Resources Needed to Run Program
The typical resources for implementing the program are:
Office space, PowerPoint projector, screen, lap top, cell phone, AV, receptionist, secretary, recruiters, board members, and volunteers
Education and Training
Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications
- Executive Director – management skills and outreach skills. Faith-based knowledge. Minimum qualifications is an AA degree
- Recruiters- 2 years of experience with community outreach and a Bachelor’s level degree or higher in social work
- Coordinators - AA degree or higher in social and community work
Education and Training Resources
There is a manual that describes how to implement this program , and there is training available for this program.
- Dr. Joan L. Wharton
phone: (410) 323-6944
- Dr. Arie Sailor
phone: (410) 323-6944(850) 414-5620
- Dr. Kary Free, Board President
phone: (410) 323-6944(850) 414-5620(405) 514-8404
Training is obtained:
National OCOC training is done through the board and is provided onsite.
Number of days/hours:
It depends on the location and the program.
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for One Church One Child.
Oklahoma Department of Human Services. (2012). One Church, One Child of Oklahoma. Retrieved from http://www.okdhs.org/services/adopt/Pages/onechurch.aspx
One Church One Child of Florida. (2015). Florida adoption process. Retrieved from http://www.ococfl.org/florida-adoptions.html
Virginia One Church One Child. (2017). Virginia One Church One Child. Retrieved from http://www.vaonechurchonechild.org/
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