The Christian Alliance for Orphans
African American Church Initiatve
Within the vision of CAFO, the AACI works to inspire and equip the African-American church to care for vulnerable children in response to God's command to "do justice" and care for orphans (James 1:27, Isaiah 1:17, Matthew 25:40).
African-American children are disproportionally represented in the American foster care system -- the percentage of Black children in the foster care system (29%) is double the percentage of Black children in the national child population (14%).
In some states, the disparity is greater – for example, in Illinois, African-American children make up 55% of the foster population, although Black children make up 16% of the overall child population in the state.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
We have a very simple goal for AACI this year – to encourage African-American Christians and predominately African-American churches to engage in orphan care by:
- Using communications and social media to raise awareness about the orphan crisis. We need help starting a Facebook Group, please email one of the team members below if you are interested!
- Engaging predominately African-American church denominations at their annual conferences
- Inviting African-American faith leaders to our annual Summit who live in the city of next year’s Summit on May 8-10 in Louisville. Click here for more details.
Listen to Living Room Conversation
Listen to Living Room Conversation, “Engaging the African American Faith Community” from CAFO2016.
"What Are We To Do?"
Dr. Joy Hervey shares what can happen when a church asks God, “What are we to do?”
Every Christian has the Responsibility to Care for the Orphan
Dr. Joy Hervey shares how every Christian has a role to play to caring for the orphan.
Orphan Sunday | Every Second Sunday in November
Don’t forget… Orphan Sunday is right around the corner! If you aren’t already, please encourage your church (and church’s in your community) to observe Orphan Sunday on the second Sunday in November, or any Sunday during the month of November (National Adoption Month).
For resources and ideas, check out the website belowOrphan Sunday Resources
We also want to announce materials for “Stand Sunday” which is a version of Orphan Sunday that is directed specifically toward children in Foster Care.
You can find those materials belowStand Sunday
Contact the AACI Team
If you have a heart to engage the African American church in God's mandate to care for the fatherless, please contact us!
Carla Adair Hendricks
- Within the vision of CAFO, the AACI works to inspire and equip the African-American church to care for vulnerable children in response to God’s command to “do justice” and care for orphans (James 1:27, Isaiah 1:17, Matthew 25:40).
- The CAFO AACI will raise awareness about the African-American foster care disparity within the American foster care system, and encourage Christians to serve foster children. The African-American population within foster care percentage (29%) is double that of the general African-American population percentage (14%).
- The CAFO AACI will encourage the African-American Church to engage in adoption, foster care, family preservation and global orphan care.
- The CAFO AACI will encourage the African-American Church to support birth families in crisis and provide wrap-around support for adoptive families, foster families and “Safe Families” homes.