God's Heart for Orphans

We are committed to the call of Isaiah 1:17 is "Learn to do Right; Seek Justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the Fatherless: plead the cause of the widow."

We understand that the biblical concept of the "orphan" and "fatherless" includes more than just the boy or girl who has lost one or both parents. Rather, it describes the child who faces the world without the provision, protection, and nurture that parents uniquely provide.
-- The Christian Alliance for Orphans

   There are currently about 400,000 orphans in the United States.
   Children over 12 are considered unadoptable.
   Every year, 4,000 children "age out" of foster care without ever being adopted.
   40% of our homeless population used to be in the foster care system.
   80% of men who age out are incarcerated by the time they are in their 20's.
   There are about 163 million orphans worldwide and 2.4 billion churches.

Would you like to get more involved? Could your family be the place for a lonely child? For more
 info, contact Robin DaPra at rdapra@jfdapra.com

Love Does Bags
Love Does Bags is a ministry of Bible Fellowship Church in Ventura, CA, that provides basic items in a backpack for kids going into foster care for the first time -- something to call their own. These backpacks include items such as diapers, baby wipes, blankets, toys, clothe, and school supplies. To donate, email lovedoesbags@gmail.com or call 805-656-7766, x251. Like us on our Facebook page.

Mentoring Foster Youth
If you are interested in being a mentor to a foster youth, age 13 to 25, check out the list of opportunities to choose from. This will help you get a start in finding the one that is right for you.

What is a Guardian Scholar?
Guardian Scholar programs began a few years ago at Colleges and Universities in California and now they are coming to Ventura County. These programs vary a bit from school to school, but they all help provide assistance and support for former foster youth. Check out a write-up and contact information for our Ventura County Community Colleges and for Cal State Channel Islands.

We partner with these organizations:
Ventura County Alliance for Orphans Hope4Children on Facebook

Dark to Dawn's
mission is to defend the cause of the orphans by declaring God's mandate for their care and inspiring believers to take action. Visit us on Facebook!

Arrow Child & Family Ministries serves to advance the well being of children, families, communities, and culture by providing an array of services and engaging the local church to promote Christian responsibility and commitment to strengthen family life. Visit us on Facebook!

Royal Family Kids wants every foster child, ages 6 to 12, to experience a life changing camp, club and mentor. Visit us on Facebook!

Casa Pacifica serves abused and neglected children and adolescents, and those with severe emotional, social, behavioral, and mental health challenges. Our primary service area is California’s Central Coast, but referrals come from all over.  We provide a comprehensive array of state of the art services to meet the varied and complex needs of children, youth and emerging adults in our care. Visit us on Facebook!

The Gold Coast Orphan Alliance is an orphan care and adoption support ministry that encourages and empowers believers to utilize the resources that God has given them to serve orphaned children both locally and globally. Visit us on Facebook!