Foster care is life changing. In Crawford and Sebastian counties we are at crisis level for children entering the foster care system. Hundreds of children are waiting for that one moment, that one family to change their lives. Not everyone is called to foster or adopt. But God commands every one of us to care. James 1:27 says “religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress “. You may be the only Jesus a child in foster care ever sees. Whether through opening your home or volunteering your time or resources, you can show a child God’s love that was poured out for all of us on the cross. You may be the tool God uses to come along side the biological families and end the cycle of brokenness that is plaguing the foster care system. There is no manual for a child in foster care. But God doesn’t always call those that are equipped, yet he equips those that answer The Call.
During the Christmas season we started collecting laundry baskets filled with household items to give to our local foster families. The families were so appreciative of the thought, we have committed to offering a basket to each family twice a year and for each newly opened home. Local churches like River Valley Community Church, Grace Community, First Baptist Greenwood, Greenwood United Methodist, Oak Cliff Baptist and Covenant Presbyterian have hosted drives to help us collect the items needed to fill the baskets.
Foster Parent CEU class
March 17th, The CALL partnered with Kids Unlimited in Fort Smith to host a CEU training “Promote Cognitive Development”. Several families local foster families took advantage of the free CEU hours and childcare.
Foster Parent Night Out (FPNO)
The CALL in Crawford & Sebastian Counties has partnered with Heritage United Methodist Church in Van Buren and Greenwood United Methodist Church to host bi-monthly “night outs” for our local foster families. Each church provides a free meal and free childcare so our families have time to fellowship with each other.
Empowered to Connect
The CALL in Crawford/Sebastian Counties is excited to offer the Empowered To Connect Simulcast in Van Buren! This event will be hosted at Butterfield Assembly of God Church on April 7 & 8th. The schedule is from 9-5 both days. This is a FREE conference and wonderful way to learn more and earn CEU’s.
Area 2 Adoption Meet & Greet
We will host and adoption meet & greet for OPEN adoptive homes in Area 2 on April 17th at Crossview Christian Church. This will allow families to meet the local adoption supervisor, Jennifer Marsh and her team of adoption specialist. The adoption team will answer questions, as well as highlight several children waiting for a forever family (children will not be present).
A dad is reconnected with his 2 daughters. It’s a story that involves foster care, termination of parental rights, adoption, lots of prayer, incredible timing, and lots of God at work. And it made the front page of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette on Sunday 5/18/2014. Read article here (subscription required).
As Paul Harvey used to say, here’s the rest of the story. In this video clip, Clay Warnock tells the story of how he and his wife Becky first took in 3 sisters in foster care and eventually adopted them. Then as Clay was involved in prison ministry, by absolutely divine timing, he happened to meet the father of 2 of the girls. A connection was made and a step towards fulfilling Malachi 4:6: He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents.
Clay happens to be a state board member of The CALL and was instrumental in bringing The CALL to Crawford and Sebastian Counties.
The Crawford/Sebastian Chapter of the CALL was brought to life in 2009 by Clay Warnock. Clay is a foster and adoptive father with a heart for kids in care who knew he had to respond to the crisis in our counties. We have a team of passionate volunteers who devote their time to fulfill Psalm 82:32 which commands us to “defend the weak and the fatherless.”
Our dedicated Family Coordinator, Megan Scott, provides support to potential foster parents every step of the way. We have friendly trainers who offer a shorter alternative to the traditional DCFS (Division of Children and Family Services) training schedule. You’ll also be encouraged as you interact with fellow Christians during this remarkable, life-changing experience.
Currently there are nearly 580 children in foster care in our two counties. As the body of Christ we are called to care for these children, and our goal is to ensure that every foster child is placed in a safe and loving home.
If you want to be involved but feel foster parenting is not the right fit for you we have a wide variety of opportunities to volunteer, or you can help by financially supporting The CALL’s work.