iFoster is a program that raises awareness on the plight of the orphans in the Philippines and provides assistance in securing alternative family care to the abandoned, neglected orphans and children who need special protection.

JOSE MARI "BUTCH" ALBERT

For business executive Jose Mari “Butch” Albert, becoming a foster parent is not difficult – one just has to have an open heart and let children feel they are loved. Taking care of foster children requires a lot of money, said the chairman of Fila Philippines Inc., but children bring happiness that money cannot buy. For him, foster care instills good and positive moral values in children who have no parents to take care of them.

In 2003 when Butch and Maricris were looking for a house, they came across one that had several kids in it.  Curious, he asked a person in the house why there are so many kids in it; he was told they are under foster care. This event inspired him to sign up with a parenting foundation to take care of street children.

Butch and Maricris have taken in five foster children over the last fourteen years, one of whom they adopted, Isabella.

JOEL MARCAIDA

As published in “Alab ng Puso” UPRISING Matchbox

He Sets the Lonely in Families

I’m Joel O. Marcaida 37 years old married to Noelle Contessa Marcaida with two beautiful daughters: Daniella Marie and Divine Miracle. We are Orphan Care Advocates.

September 14, 2007, just one month into our relationship, Noelle was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and had an operation. I remember Noelle’s mother asking me, “What if the two of you cannot bear a child now that Noelle has had the operation?” I told her that if it is the Lord’s will that we do not have our own children, I would accept it. There are other ways to have a family. I meant what I said; though at that time, it was just to ease the mother’s questions and doubts. After four years, Noelle and I got married and dreamed of raising our own family with 3 kids.

CUCIO FAMILY

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“The day I met Cherry (not her real name), a tiny little girl with beautiful eyes, I whispered to her ‘It’s okay, we will love you as our own’,” said Rolando Cucio, referring to the two-year old foster child he had taken care of for three years along with his wife Susan and their two children.  The family, likewise, shared their happiness over Cherry’s transfer to a permanent home.  “Cherry is now with the best family God has intended for her…We cannot match the unconditional love of her new family.  I for one cannot give the amount of time her adoptive family is spending with her.  They are investing their whole life for Cherry but I am looking forward to see her again, to kiss and hug her,” he added.

ZERO ORPHAN

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A project launched in October  7, 2015 at Manila Polo Club, Makati, Philippines.  Rotary Club Pasay Harrison (RCPH) District 3810 hosted and initiated this project in partnership with Operation Compassion’s iFoster Program.

The vision is to become the global campaign of Rotary International as one of the programs aligned with the theme, “Be a Gift to the World.” It is envisioned to bring together the collaborative efforts and support of all Rotarians all over the world to provide a home to every orphan, and achieve the same level of success as the “END POLIO” global campaign.

ORPHAN SUNDAY

On Orphan Sunday, Christians stand for the orphan. We are a people called to defend the fatherless…to care for the child that has no family…to visit orphans in their distress.   Each event is locally-led. Sermons and small groups, concerts and prayer gatherings, shared meals and youth activities—each rousing believers with God’s call to care for the orphan, and what we can do in response.

Orphan Sunday is an opportunity to rouse church, community and friends to God’s call to care for the orphan.

This year Orphan Sunday takes place on November 12.

(Orphan Sunday is licensed to the Christian Alliance for Orphans as a registered trademark of Every Orphan’s Hope).

I WANT TO FOSTER A CHILD (HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED)

Foster Care

Foster Care Process

  1. Fill-up an application form
  2. Assessment / Home study report by OC Social Worker
  3. Attend Foster Care Forum
  4. DSWD issues Foster Care License
  5. Foster Care Matching Conference
  6. DSWD issues Foster Placement Authority
  7. Placement of Foster Child in Foster Family

Requirements:
–  Photocopy of the birth certificates of all members of the family
–  Photocopy of the marriage certificate of the couple
–  Recent family picture
–  Police or NBI Clearance
–  Barangay Certification stating that the foster parent applicant is a resident of the barangay, the length of residence therein and of good moral character
–  3 Character references
–  Medical certificate of each family member and household.
–  ITR and certificate of employment
– Written consent by the children (10 years & above) of the foster parent applicants

I WANT TO SUPPORT A FAMILY

a) Medical needs of the foster child and / or
b) Educational needs of the foster child

I WANT TO DONATE

Bank of the Philippine Islands
OPERATION COMPASSION PHILIPPINES, INC.
Account No. 3321-0462-49
(Swift Code: BOPIPHMM)

I WANT TO DONATE

Securities and Exchange Commission
Registration No:  CN200509706

Department of Social Welfare and Development
License No: DSWD – SB – RL – 00064 – 2011
until August 29, 2019

Accreditation with Philippine Council for NGO Certification until April 26, 2020

FOSTER

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ONE CHURCH ONE FAMILY ONE CHILD

ORPHAN SUNDAY (CHURCHES THAT HAVE ADOPTED)

ZERO ORPHAN WITH ROTARY