Last week I took my children to the swimming pool, and one of our foster moms was there with her children and a toddler who is currently in her home. We had been there for about an hour when a mom and elementary-aged boy came through the gate to swim. I saw the little boy spot the foster mom from a distance. He ran over to her and gave her a big hug and called her “Aunt”. I knew he wasn’t her biological nephew, so I deduced he must have been in her home at some point in time. This little boy had been in her home; he had been placed in foster care at birth and hers was the first home he knew. I am so thankful to report that he was reunified with his mother and has been with her for years.
For the next couple of hours, I watched as this little fella swam and played and hollered, “Mom, watch this! Aunt, watch this!” I saw a mom who was genuinely excited to see the woman who cared for her newborn baby. What started years before as a person in dire need of help and change crossing paths with someone willing to help in a deep and sacrificial way, was now a mutual friendship. The two ladies pulled their chairs beside each other and caught up on life. Two moms at the pool with their kids, enjoying each other’s company and catching up on life.
When I left that day, I felt an overflowing joy in my heart. Not all stories unfold as this one has, but I am grateful that the story for this mom and boy has been one of healing and reunification. It is the Lord’s mercy and grace shown through a foster family willing to care for a child and minister to his mother faithfully, no matter how the story unfolded.
– Amanda Bush
Cleburne County Coordinator

McJester Baptist VBS raised money for The CALL in Cleburne County!

The kids who attended VBS at McJester Baptist Church this summer
raised $710 and some change for kids in foster care in Cleburne County. We were invited to share about the work of The CALL and receive the collected money by new church rep and VBS Director, Lorene Heath. Thank you to all the boys and girls who gave through a friendly competition between the girls and the boys. The boys came out ahead by only a hair. This was a great example of kids helping kids!

Red Door Table Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Angie’s Hideaway in Heber Springs!!
They were chosen by you to display The Red Door Table that was given to 2018 Foster Parent’s of the Year – Casey and Felicia Stone. The table will be displayed at their restaurant for one year and they will share the story of the table with their patrons to help raise awareness for children in foster care
Cleburne County foster children have placed their handprints and sweet messages on the underside of the table.
The table was also signed by the prisoners who built it.