Foster children make happy memories despite COVID-19 chaos

April 22, 2020

It was a Friday, about one week into the Covid-19 crisis, that Matt first visited the horse barn at the Monticello campus. Instantly, the 9-year-old was smitten with Buster, a brown quarter horse.
His sister, Alisha, 8, was busy helping her foster mother bake garlic bread for their family.  She was super excited when the bread plate was later empty after supper.
“They love just being kids,” noted foster mother Sara Moffatt, adding “the Covid-19 situation is like an extended vacation.” She implied that the kids do miss their normalcy, but they, “are glad they are together as a family.”
This wasn’t the case just a few weeks ago. The duo has four younger siblings that prior to arriving at the Moffat’s home in Monticello were separated in different foster homes. Now they have a safe and nurturing setting despite the chaos all around. The trauma our foster families are preventing cannot be understated.
It’s easy to feel scared and on edge about the current situation, but while some people are fighting over the last toilet paper roll in the supermarket, and others are stock piling hand sanitizer, our foster mothers like Sara are helping children like Matt and Alisha and their siblings make happy memories.
A recent donation from a Star City dentist allowed Sara to purchase new bikes for the older siblings and tricycles for two preschoolers. “They are constantly on their bikes after we finish schoolwork. They love being outside,” she said.
The sibling group of six is among the 153 children in our care and growing. Just last month, more than 100 foster children in Arkansas came into care, and our agency took in 20 percent of them. Even in the midst of such difficult times, we are still seeing reunifications and adoptions happen.
It’s nearly Mother’s Day. While Sara can’t take the place of Matt and Alisha’s birth mother, she is one of the many foster mothers who have been called by God to stand in the gap.
Noting the hardship of parenting eight children in the midst of a crisis, Sara said God gives her the strength to carry on. “When I see the scars on some of the children and blank expressions of others who have faced so much trauma, I’m pushed to give more of myself and be the mother they need,” said Sarah.
Foster children like Matt and Alisha need your help. Your support can give the experience of motherly love to more children like Matt and Alisha. Your gift will make an immediate difference! Donate below.
On behalf of our children,
Derek Brown, Ph.D.
Executive Director