Editor’s note: This is a monthly series spotlighting Florida children who are waiting to be adopted.
One Church One Child of Florida is a faith-based, 501(c)(3) organization, operating statewide in partnership with the Department of Children and Families and local community-based lead agencies and their providers to help raise awareness and recruit adoptive and foster families for children in local communities and churches to partner in supporting local children in foster care through Church Watch-Care Ministries.
More than 50 percent of the children who need a permanent family are minorities. This series features children in Florida who are waiting in foster care for a forever, loving family to call their own. September’s children are highlighted in this article.
Joseph, 12, is a thoughtful, big-hearted kid who – if he could choose to change one thing about the world – would end people stereotyping one another. He is funny and easygoing and loves to read. If he isn’t reading or sleeping, he’s playing basketball. His ultimate goal is to play professionally.
Although he’s not too sure about plane travel, Joseph wants to have some adventures in life. He thinks it would be awesome to find the Lost World of Atlantis. He looks up to his big brother Patrick because he’s kind and caring, and he’s looking forward to being part of a forever family that he can talk to when he has a question or problem.
Patrick, 16, is a very earnest, respectful young man with a heart of gold. He’s very intelligent and loves to read, especially science-fiction novels like “Marco’s Millions.’’ He doesn’t share his little brother’s aversion to flying, and would love to have that experience, especially if the plane takes him to Paris.
He’s into all kinds of music and likes to play video games. He can often seem serious and reserved, but he’s got a very silly side too. When he grows up, he’d like to be a photographer or a therapist, and if he could be famous for anything, it would be for authoring a popular book series.
These guys crave the warmth and support of a forever family. They would thrive in a two-parent home as the only children or with other brothers. They have so much potential and so much love to give.
For more information about becoming an adoptive or foster parent, mentor, partner or volunteer, contact the following: Suncoast Region, LaKay Fayson; Northeast Region, Dr. Mari Hope; Southeast Region, Cora Perry; Northwest, Central and Southern, Paulette Glover at 1-888-283-0886 or email@example.com. The website for One Church One Child of Florida is www.ococfl.org.