In America, Black children constitute 13% of the total child population. Yet they comprise 24% of the total number of children in foster care. Such racial disproportionality adversely impacts more than 100,000 children each year – most as a result of unintended neglect resulting from poverty. This can change by employing care-sharing technology to unite churches and community members to catalyze an end to this disproportionality. This can be done by increasing the capacity of local churches in the impoverished neighborhoods most impacted by disproportionality to care for their own children and families.
Erika leads the CarePortal strategy to reverse racial disproportionality in child welfare by empowering local churches in low-income neighborhoods to be the heroes to children and families in crisis in their own communities. Erika has enjoyed a wonderful professional career in the Finance, Real Estate, and Healthcare fields. It is her faithful local church Ministry experience that the Lord is using in Erika to inspire and lead others. Erika has co-led a small community church in one of the lowest income neighborhoods of Kansas City. The church has a history of building trust and caring for kids in the community.
Adrien spent 10 years serving as a business development professional in healthcare, technology and education companies. In 2007, God turned Adrien’s life “right side up” on a mission trip to Haiti with his wife Cynthia, which began three years of volunteering with The Global Orphan Project (GO Project). In 2010, God asked Adrien to leave the business world and advocate full time for orphaned children with GO Project. This call led to him become a foster and adoptive parent and develop CarePortal as a platform to facilitate the cooperation of local churches and agencies for local children in crisis.