About One Church One Child of Maryland
One Church, One Child organization is a national minority
adoption recruitment program. The
program is designed to find adoptive homes for African-American
Although the organization was formally founded in 1980 by
Father George Clements, pastor of Holy Angels Catholic Church
in Chicago, its roots were grounded in early traditions of
the African-American church.
One Church, One Child offers a simple challenge to every
African-American church in America: "If one African-American
family in every church will adopt an African-American child,
there will be no African-American children awaiting permanent
The One Church, One Child of Maryland, Inc. program has become
a viable component of the State's Special Needs Adoption Program.
African-American churches statewide are called to accept the
challenge, and become active participants in the Maryland
One Church, One Child Program.
The primary role of the church is to:
- Inform its congregation of the hundreds of children waiting
to be adopted.
- Identify at least one family in the congregation interested
in adopting a child.
- Disseminate adoption literature throughout the church
- Provide support, through guidance and counseling to the
family once a child has been placed.
Guidance Through Dynamic Christian Leadership
The success of the One Church, One Child Program is dependent
on the pastor's endorsement and dynamic support of the program.
This is accomplished by the pastor:
- Agreeing to allow the church to become an active participant
in the program and signing a One Church, One Child Commitment
Form. There are no financial obligations placed on the participating
- Selection a member to act as the church's coordinator
to the One Church, One child Program. The pastor not required,
not expected to be directly responsible for the coordination
of the program.
- Making a sincere commitment to keep the message of adoption
before the congregation through sermons, special programs,
workshops and seminars allowing the church to become a local
resource for adoption literature to interested members of
Role of the Church Coordinator
The Pastor's Aide with a Special Task
The major responsibility of the Church Coordinator is to
fully implement the One Church, One Child Program among the
congregation. This includes:
- Hosting One Church, One Child Program presentations.
- Designating one month out of the year as Adoption Month.
- Set up an OCOC display and materials in an accessible
area of the church.
- Participate in OCOC Annual Adoption Conference in November.
- Acting as an internal resource to provide adoption information
to interested persons.
- Maintaining and distributing One Church, One Child Program
and adoption literature.
Fulfill the Dream of a Waiting Child Who Needs the Love Only
a Family Can Provide
Your church can help find an adoptive family for one of Maryland's
waiting African-American children. If you would like more
information on the One Church, One Child presentation, fill
out our online form or call 410-323-6944.