A home for Iyanna and Solomon

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHILDREN’S BOARD HEART GALLERY OF
TAMPA BAY/PEZZ PHOTO
SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER

One Church One Child of Florida is reaching out to families and individuals in communities across the state in efforts to help share the truth that the children pictured here and others like them are waiting for a permanent home and/or mentor.

Daily, over 700 children are in need of a family to call their own; many of them are minorities. Can you provide a loving, permanent home for these siblings or other children like them or consider becoming their mentor?
Churches also are asked to partner with One Church One Child in sharing information with congregations and extending Watch-Care Ministries to children.

The Rev. Beverly Hills Lane, state president for One Church One Child of Florida and vice president for National One Church One Child, is challenging fellow pastors to get involved and is encouraging families to open their hearts and homes to children in foster care.

Iyanna, 15
Iyanna is a sweet and sensitive little girl who loves to care for younger children and animals, and craves the companionship of a female role model. She’s a talented writer, especially of poetry, and she has an uncanny ability to read and relate to other people.

She’s a little shy and introspective, but she loves to have a good chat with her friends. Her ideal home is one with a mom and maybe a sister or two, where her birthday will not only be remembered, but will be celebrated in a big way.

Solomon, 17
Solomon is a kind-hearted young man who always endeavors to do the best he can. He has developed an affinity for fishing and being out on the water. Skateboarding and playing games are his favorite pastimes, and he’s also a very good artist.

If Solomon had the choice of going anywhere, he would take a whirlwind tour of every fair and carnival in the world – or just stick to getting his very own bounce house in the backyard.

These teens will thrive in a loving, nurturing and active home with both male and female role models. Church involvement is important to them.

The website for One Church One Child of Florida is www.ococfl.org.

For more information about becoming an adoptive or foster parent, mentor, partner or volunteer, contact the following: for SunCoast Region, LaKay Fayson; Northeast Region, Shauntai Arrington; Southeast Region,Cora Perry; Northwest, Central and Southern, Paulette Glover at 888-283-0886 or info@ococfl.org.

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