Let’s have some Lemonade

Looking for a way serve this summer?
We are looking for some amazing kids to host our NEW lemonade stand!
You provide supplies, we provide the stand and yard signs!
All proceeds collected will help local Union County foster homes!
Contact us for more information or to sign up.
I would love to see the stand in every neighborhood this summer! Thank you to the Frontier Explorer 4H Group for building the stand!

The Barnetts: Sibling love, Sibbling connection.

Grant and Leanne Barnett had their heart into fostering for many years, and as their family increased so did their desire. In 2016, they felt that God was guiding them to start their process into fostering and they followed that call. They had a bedroom available and plenty of space outside of their home where kids could run and play. After successfully completing their training, they were ready to receive their first placement. Not only Grant and Leanne have been caring for their foster children, but also their 4 biological kids have been a wonderful support to them. They have shown empathy, love and kindness towards all the kids that come to live with them.

The moment the Barnetts started fostering, they didn’t know that their true call was towards sibling groups, which is so needed in our county and the State. Many times, when sibling groups come into care, there are not many homes that are available to take all of them together, so most of the times siblings have to be separated from each other, adding distress to an already broken situation.

When the Barnetts took their first sibling group, Leanne noticed how the kids adjusted quicker and easier; even though the situation was not ideal, having a sibling with them brought relief to each other. There was a better response and adjustment to their situation.

They have received sibling groups of two and three children, some placements only a few days, some a couple months and others for over 9 months.
Leanne’s advice to anyone that is considering to foster, is that they need to keep an open mind, the point is not to rescue these kids from their home and fix them, they point is to help them heal, help their family heal and get them back together. Also, if there are biological kids in the home, communication is a huge factor to help everyone adjust and understand different behaviors, discipline and situations. It really brings new perspectives to the kids in the home, it helps them become older brothers or sisters and furthermore, prepare them to become parents by caring for these children coming into their home.

The Call, the community and their church (Hopewell Baptist) has been a big support to this family. When they have a special need or request for a child, either The Call, their church or the community has stepped up and has helped them providing the items necessary to play a sport or special activity from school, even providing a meal or giving them a date night.

Leanne explains how the Happy Ending is seeing her foster children going back home to their family, reunification is the ultimate goal.

They keep contact with most of the children and family of previous placements, it’s so refreshing to receive updates and pictures.

Easter Baskets for Foster Kids by Campfire Group #57

On Tuesday April 16th, Campfire group #57 gathered at Westside Christian School to put together Easter baskets for foster kids in Union County. The group purchased all the supplies needed and invested time and lots of love in each basket.

The Call of Union County wants to express deep gratitute to this group for such a kind and thoughful gesture.

Thank you to this amazing group of girls.

The Call in Union County hosts Project Zero’s Heart Gallery

The Call of Union County is honored to host the Heart Gallery the first two weeks of November.
We want to invite everyone to come to one of the locations listed below, the Heart Gallery displays the pictures of dozens of kids from accross the State of Arkansas that are waiting to be adopted.
There are hundreds of kids waiting. In Union County alone, we have adopted over thirty children in the last three years.

Come pray for these children. They need a family desperately. They have been waiting too long.

Dates and Locations:

November 1st: Auditorium for the Guy Penrod show

November 2-9: West Side Baptist

November 10: Boomtown Opry

November 11-12: Wyatt Baptist Church

November 13: Union County Courthouse

November 14: *possibly the conference center

November 15-16: Stars Theaters for opening of Instant Family movie.

November 17: Toy Run with the AState Boys. ( Wal Mart )

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