Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Project 1.27

Guest Blog Post by Rick Valore, Executive Director of Project 1.27

Project 1.27 is based on the verse in the New Testament book of James, Chapter 1, verse 27 which states; “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widow in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

The vision of Project 1.27 is “No waiting children in Colorado by 2014”. We would like to see the day when there are more parents waiting to adopt children than children waiting to be adopted.

The ministry is designed to act as a connecting bridge between parents in local churches wanting to adopt and foster children and the county government departments of human services. We assist Christian parents with navigating the process of Colorado’s Child Welfare System. We provide the training required to be a certified adoptive/foster parent and assist with the related paperwork. Additionally, we explain to parents how the process works and the laws that govern the process of bringing children into their homes.

Several times a year, Project 1.27 offers a free parent orientation, which is an informational meeting for parents wanting to know more about adopting and fostering in Colorado. We encourage interested families to bring family members and friends to join them to hear about the process, challenges and rewards of bringing children into their homes. Our next Orientation will be September 13th, 2011 at Grace Chapel, 8508 S. Valley Hwy, Englewood, CO from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Interested parents can register for this event online through the Project 1.27 website (www.project127.com).

Since it’s inception in 2005, Project 1.27 has been able to secure forever families for 172 children in Colorado with more than 60 other children in the process of finalizing their adoption. We also are looking for Christian parents willing to be foster parents, willing to serve children that need temporary care while issues are worked out with the children’s parents.

We have also played a key role in training church leaders about the needs of children in foster care and how to appropriately support the parents that reach for them. The support that parents receive from their local church plays an important part of that family’s adoptive or fostering success.

Project 1.27 is a non-profit ministry that depends on the donations from the body of Christ to provide these services for Christian families. If you are not called to bring children into your home, you still have a call to “look after orphans”. Maybe your way to care is to support a family that is adopting or fostering or to financially support Project 1.27 in its mission to empty the foster care system in Colorado of adoptable children.

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