Can we have an honest talk about foster care? What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear a story about a child in foster care or when your children come home and say there’s a new kid in class living with a foster family that you know?

Do you wonder what it would be like? Your heart wants to do it too, but you just can’t imagine how you would have the time when you barely have the time to care for your own? You’ve heard the sermons and read in the Bible where God speaks boldly about taking care of the “least of these” and how He mandates Christians to  “take care of the fatherless”. What would your family and friends think? Would they look at you like you have lost your mind and try to counsel you out of it “for your kid’s sake and for your safety”?
If any of these things have happened to you, then I ask you to step forward in faith and listen to the Holy Spirit. He is asking you to open your eyes and heart to something that could change you and your family for the better! You could be a family for a child in need and be the very one God is calling to meet that need. Being a foster parent is no joke! It requires intentional love and flexibility. It requires training and state involvement into your home and life. I’m not going to sugar-coat the difficulties, but you get to be the ONE who makes a difference in the future of a child or youth who is without hope! You get the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with them in a way that feels safe and right. You can be the one to mentor and nurture their entire family to wellness should you choose that level of involvement. The best part about being a foster parent in Cleburne County is that you are never alone! You will have guidance and support system for every step of your journey from the first time you attend an informational meeting and throughout everyone of your placements.  We get one shot at this life of discipleship, so let’s make it count!
~Ashley Herring

The CALL in Cleburne County

Mobilizing the Church in Arkansas to love foster children with the extravagant love of Christ.

55 churches
in Cleburne County

On average,
33 children & youth
spend time in foster care each month in Cleburne County due to abuse and neglect

On average, there are only
19 families
to care for these children


Many foster children have to be taken from dangerous situations and leave their homes with nothing comforting or familiar. Usborne wanted to change all that and provide a book and plush to all foster children in our county. These books feature characters that are identifiable to these children in particular. Concepts such as stress, self … Continue reading “BOOK DRIVE SUCCESS”


Jan Mellas from Holiday Hills Methodist Greers Ferry made a yummy delivery of freezer meals!! Thank you so much Mrs. Jan and Holiday Hills Methodist Church for your donation!!!


This year, The CALL in Arkansas held it’s 9th Annual Summit meeting with representatives from all over the state with The CALL and DCFS in attendance. The CALL in Cleburne County was well represented with 8 members of our leadership team. There were many great speakers including our own Felicia Stone. It is so important … Continue reading “THE CALL STATE SUMMIT”

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