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

Pulaski County CALL Malls

Sherwood CALL Mall
Victory Missionary Bap@st Church
10000 Brockington Road, Sherwood, AR 72120
Contact Carolyn Hanks at 501-425-7194 or email: bchanks@netzero.net / Joanna Bearden at 501-626- 9337 or email: jojomomof3@mac.com
Open 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon, and every Friday from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Or by appointment in case of emergency.

Maumelle CALL Mall
First Bap@st Church Maumelle
100 Valencia Drive, Maumelle, AR 72113 (Entrance is off Millwood. MALL is located in two story building. Doorway is at an angle to the fire sta@on.)
Open 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; and by appointment unRl 9:00 p.m. Contact: Jane Darnell, janedarnell1@gmail.com, or 501-658-9129
Open 2nd & 4th Saturday of every month 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
*Emergency calls accepted up unRl 9:00 p.m.

Little Rock CALL Mall
Markham Street Bap@st Church
9701 West Markham, LiWle Rock, AR 72211 (The entrance door is on the west side of the church. Park at the curb by the church office entrance.)
Contact: Chrissy DeClue, Coordinator (918) 521-1270
Open 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 2pm to 4 pm.

Mobilizing the Church in Pulaski County to care for children in foster care with the extravagant love of Christ.

“Religion that God our Father considers pure and undefiled is this:  to care for orphans…in their distress…” James 1:27

There is a critical need in our community for foster and adoptive parents for children who have been abused or neglected and are in the foster system.  For Christians, there is a biblical mandate to care for the local fatherless, the orphan, and the least of these.  The CALL educates, equips, and encourages the Church to fulfill its calling in meeting the needs of these children, and is a key support for those who come forward to serve.

Our vision:  No waiting children in foster care in Pulaski County – having more than enough Christian foster and adoptive families for the children who need them.

Pulaski County Stats:

  • Children in Foster System: 550
  • Open Foster Families: 298
  • Needed Additional Foster Families: 202
  • Children Available for Adoption: 100

But, there are 600 churches in Pulaski County — MORE THAN ENOUGH to provide the needed families for these precious children.  Are you being CALLED to do something?

 

What God Has Done So Far Through The CALL in Pulaski County:

  • Number of children being placed outside of our county due to a lack of foster homes has been drastically reduced from 67% to 22%.
  • Over half of the currently serving foster families (183) for our county were recruited and trained through The CALL.
  • Thousands of local children have been welcomed into Christian, CALL-recruited foster and adoptive families.
  • Over 250 children have been adopted out of foster care by local CALL-recruited families
  • 60 churches in Pulaski County have partnered with The CALL in foster care ministry
  • Three CALL Malls provide free, consignment-quality clothing and needed items for children in foster care.
  • Four support groups are held each month for foster and adoptive families.

Will YOU join with us in caring for our local children in crisis?

Click on Events to sign up for an upcoming CALL Info Meeting to find out more about fostering, adoption, respite care, mentoring, or volunteering in other ways!

 

June God Story: The Bethards Family

Andrew, Sarah, and Caroline Bethards enjoy a Disney Cruise!

Working and being around vulnerable kids for many years helped me see the difference that it makes for kids to have unconditional love, and I always felt that God had given me so much love to share. God had placed foster care and adoption on my heart.  My heart has always been broken for the orphans, so giving a loving home and parents to a child in need was not a question of if, but a question of when. Andrew took a little more convincing on the fostering part of things, but he has a little sister who was adopted from China so it’s been on his heart for about 10 years too.

We decided to go through The CALL because of the faith-based aspect to all of the trainings. It was very important to us to surround ourselves with praying people as we began the journey of fostering because we knew that we would be leaning into God more throughout, so starting out with Him as the firm foundation was important to us.

The CALL helped us immensely by walking us through all of the paperwork and helping us get opened in a short amount of time. It’s been great as an open home to have the support of The CALL from knowing people to call for help to the ability to “shop” donations at The CALL Mall when we get new placements. The CALL also helped us tremendously when we got a placement who was on a formula not covered by WIC; they rallied our church family behind us and together we ended up with over six months of formula purchased and delivered to us, it was such a relief!

Shortly after we opened as a foster home, we started to try to have a biological child, but God had other plans. Through the pain of infertility, we closed our home to fostering for a time. In 2015, God put it back on our hearts that even though we had been unable to conceive a child ourselves there were children around us who needed us, so we reopened our home. Not long after that we got a call for a placement for an 8 month old.

Caroline Bethards on her Adoption Day!
Caroline Bethards on her Adoption Day!
Two weeks later we got a call for a two week old who was going through withdrawals. With both my husband and I working full time we didn’t think we could take a placement that young. I called my mom, who is retired but lives out of state, to see how quickly she could come and help. She was able to drop everything and come so we could accept our baby girl in to our home. It was amazing and definitely God’s grace and provision that allowed it all to happen so seamlessly!  That little baby eventually became our adopted daughter, Caroline.  In about a month we went from a broken, hurting place to a joyful and full home.

This experience can only be described as a roller coaster. There is only a certain amount of normal that can be achieved when kids are in and out of your home. It’s emotional. Most of the time it takes a good amount of effort. But it’s SO worth it. All of it. It has brought us closer to each other as a couple and closer to God.

By Sarah Bethards.