Most teens aging out of the foster care system rarely have any healthy relationships with parents, family members, or adults. This is where OCA Life Coaches play an integral role. (Proverbs 11:14) Life Coaches are followers of Jesus who walk alongside a pre-teen or teen, typically ages 12-21, with a foster care experience. Life Coaches have the opportunity to meet young people where they are, know their story, and build relationships to show them the love of Christ and the dignity they possess as image bearers of God. (Luke 12:7)

I have learned so much from this experience, it has opened my eyes to how much young people need to feel cared about, let them know they are not alone dealing with day to day challenges, to make them feel like they matter.
— Regina, OCA Life Coach


get involved

Getting Started:

  • Attend a 5-hour orientation training (Includes breakfast and lunch)

    • Material includes an overview of the foster care system, trauma, attachment difficulties, and details about our program.

    • Training does not commit you to becoming a life coach, however it does provide you an opportunity to explore what it looks like for you.

  • Complete an OCA volunteer application

  • Complete a background check.

  • Complete an interview with OCA Life Coach director or Coordinator


  • Build a relationship by connecting an average of one hour per week for one calendar year.

  • Show/share the love of Christ

  • Encourage/Build/Lift up the youth (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

  • Help the young person set goals and hold them accountable to them.

  • Keep OCA updated about goal setting and time spent with the person you are building a relationship with.

Give justice to the weak and the fatherless, maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
— Psalm 82:3