Our Area of Focus

Overlake Christian Church's orphan ministry have three main areas of focus to help vulnerable kids: Prevention, Transition and Permanence. Our efforts in this area are both Local and Global. Our Hope is that we can help families and children all around the world, so that they can see God's love and grace. Click here for our MISSION STATEMENT.

 

Local Orphan Care Initiatives

Prevention:

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We work to prevent children from entering into foster care or suffering from neglect and abuse in the first place.  OCC works to wrap resources around families in crisis through our Caring MinistriesSafe Families, and through Special Delivery which is a home for women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.  We also work internationally to strengthen communities so that the need to send children away to work or find food and water is eliminated. Read More….  

 

 

Transition

 
OCC works to recruit families who are willing to care for kids in transition (foster families) while the state works to find permanent solutions such as adoption, relative care, or reunification with birth parents.  We also partner with New Horizons to care for our youth who are living on the street (60% of whom are foster kids).  Finally, OCC partners with churches overseas to help them see the need for transition homes to encourage youth to move off of the streets and into safer and more permanent housing. Read More…

 

Permanance:

We work to find forever families for our orphaned children throughout the world.  Special Delivery provides support for women who choose adoption, staff members provide practical advice to those desiring to adopt, and OCC ensures that there is ample support available to our parents who have embarked on this journey of adoption. OCC also supports orphanages and medical clinics overseas to ensure the children are cared for as well as possible while they wait for a forever family. Read More…

 

 

 

Global Orphan Care Initiatives

OCC’s Global Ministry Model

Our global ministry model of mobilizing the church is identical to our local model. We would never expect churches around the world to do anything we don’t expect of our own church. While the realities of chronic poverty,
HIV/AIDS, and limited resources create additional challenges in the developing world, we still believe that mobilizing the church to care for the orphans in its community is the only answer. Certainly the 2.1 billion people in the world who identify themselves as Christians can care for 15 million orphans!

 

OCC’s Special Emphasis on Street Children

The increase in the number of orphaned children who live alone on the streets of virtually every major city in the world has reached intolerable levels. These children are vulnerable to trafficking, exploitation, and unimaginable levels of abuse and neglect. Unfortunately, most churches and major Non-Government Organizations have been hesitant or ineffective in reaching out to this segment of the orphan population for a variety of reasons. While admittedly, some of these vulnerable street children can be the most difficult to assimilate into a healthy environment, they constitute some of the most resilient, creative and resourceful children on the planet. We aim to care for the basic needs of these kids and, over time, reintegrate those who are living on the streets into a safe and permanent family.  For more information on the situation of street children in Africa, watch “Glue Boys”. www.glueboys.com