Jesus cast the widest net of love, tearing down cultural biases and promoting radical, personal generosity and concern for those in need. With that example, Help One Child serves ANY child or family regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, political leanings, etc.who have either been adopted or has a Child Protective Services case open.
Just as Jesus’ teachings model, Help One Child partners with Christian churches to care for children and families impacted by child welfare services or adoption by bringing together diverse constituents – government agencies, businesses, schools, and other faith-based ministries – to accomplish a common mission of caring for children together.
Through a wide variety of difficult circumstances in the family of origin, it sometimes becomes necessary for children to be placed in the care of a new adoptive or foster family either through the county court system or by mutual family agreement. While adoption is permanent, foster care falls into both short-term (child is placed into a foster family until reunification) or long-term when reunification is not an option. The foster or adoptive families stepping forward to care for these children may find themselves overwhelmed by new challenges specific to each foster care placement or adoption. We all know that the single most important aspect for maturing children into successful adults is the consistency of a loving and caring family who can nurture and support that child’s unique talents and gifts.
Help One Child is primarily funded by generous donors. On average 60% of our funding comes from Individuals, 5% from Corporate gifts, 15% from Church Partners, and 20% from Grants and Foundations. It is a policy of HOC to not receive any government funding.
We serve families within the San Francisco bay area. Currently, our support services are active in seven counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Sonoma. Due to many of our educational programs being offered virtually we do serve families beyond these seven counties.
Drop us a line! We’d love to introduce ourselves and to let you know what support services currently exist in your community. From there you can be added to some of our email lists and be notified of offerings available virtually or in your region.
The greatest need is for everyone to do something. In every community there are more pressing needs than others, but first and foremost we all must be committed to being a part of the solution.
We collaborate with county agencies around the bay area. Our hope is to hear directly how we can support their families and their staff.
No, we do not certify homes or make any placements of children.
If you feel you have space to welcome children into your home for short periods of time check in with your local agency to find out if they have a need for respite care. In most cases you’ll be required to go through the same process as becoming a Resource Parent (foster parent).
When you take a child (placement) as a foster parent, you receive a monthly stipend to cover the cost of caring for that child. It can vary depending on that child’s needs. On average in the bay area the rate is roughly $1,000/month.