Group works through faith community to help Oklahoma’s foster care children

THE late Nelson Mandela once said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” These words strike a chord with Benjamin Nockels.

“It’s safe to say in many ways, our society is quite sick,” says Nockels. His organization, the 111Project, tries to provide a little healing.

The 111Project — one church, one family, one purpose — works with the faith community to increase the number of foster families in Oklahoma. The 111Project has made a difference, but the need remains great.

Since its launch in April 2011, the 111Project has been credited by the Department of Human Services with recruiting about 850 foster and adoptive families. That’s tremendous. Unfortunately, the number of children in the DHS system stands at more than 12,000. It was at roughly 8,000 when the 111Project began.

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