Religion that is pure, and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows... - James 1:27
God calls us as the body to care for those that are widowed and orphaned. There are several ways for individuals to join alongside organizations that are caring for the orphan. Learn about each of these organizations and consider joining them in caring for the larger community of those fostering.
Join The C.A.L.L.
The C.A.L.L. has a goal to have no waiting foster children in the state of Arkansas. The C.A.L.L. desires to mobilize, “Christians from multiple denominations and churches in local communities around Arkansas to meet the needs of local children in foster care” (taken from their website www.thecallinarkansas.org).
There are many ways to join The C.A.L.L. from opening your home to fostering, to volunteering in their office, to helping to fund raise, to being a church representative, to teaching CPR to future Foster Parents, to being a mentor to foster children, to being dedicated to prayer and many many more opportunities. Please contact Angela to get more involved!
Become a Foster Family
In General, there are about 4,000 children in the state of Arkansas that are in foster care. There is a desperate need for families around the state to open up their homes to foster children. This is such an impactful opportunity that we have as a body to show Christ's love to hurting children. Here are some websites that will give you more specifics about how to start the fostering process:
- The C.A.L.L. http://thecallinarkansas.org/
- DHS http://www.fosterarkansas.org/
- Searcy Children's Home http://searcychildrenshomes.org/
There have also been several from our church body who have begun this journey and would love to sit down and talk with you. To get connected or to start your journey to fostering contact Angela.
On Average, there are 500 children right here in Arkansas that are waiting to be adopted. The average age of a waiting child is 8 years old. Adopting children into your home that are right here in your county or state is such a significant way to change a child's life and to share with them hope in Christ. The organization ProjectZero and The C.A.L.L. are dedicated to finding these children good homes. Consider adopting domestically. To get help in starting this process contact Angela.
Be an Emergency Care Provider for Foster Children
Being an emergency care provider means that you are a trained and certified family that will allow for children that have recently come in to foster care and have no other place to stay to come and stay for a short period of time until a more permanent foster home is found for that child. To get started in the process contact The C.A.L.L. website or DHS, and attend one of their upcoming trainings.
Join a W.R.A.P. Around Team to Support a Foster Family
Foster Families need people to rally around them and be committed to being in their “inner circle” that can help watch a foster child for a few hours while they go shopping, that will be able to bring them a meal every once and a while and will be committed to prayer for that specific foster family.
This is a great way to wrap around a foster family and support them in their decision to foster. To get more involved in a foster family's life contact Angela.