There is a crisis in foster care in Arkansas, and our Connected Foster Care ministry is helping fight the cause. Connected is a foster care ministry to provide and/or mobilize resources needed to make foster care successful in Arkansas. It also gives Southern Baptist churches an opportunity to take an active role in ministry to foster care children, families and state foster care workers.
In partnership with the Arkansas Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Connected staff is recruiting foster homes and training foster families in at least 20 Arkansas Counties. A Connected caseworker visits foster homes at least twice monthly.
The program helps establish a structure for the foster community; recruit, facilitate and provide training for foster families, in accordance with the Arkansas Division of Children and Families (DCFS). Furthermore, Connected will facilitate multi-church partnerships; and improve the child welfare system through the involvement of the local church.
Hands-on support for foster families is also provided through local Southern Baptist churches. These support services include prepared meals for foster families upon arrival of foster child, babysitting, tutoring, respite care, transportation, food/clothing closets and school supplies.
In addition, Connected partners churches with DCFS family services workers, offering support, encouragement and other needed services. Assistance for birth families is also obtainable through local churches.
To learn how you can become a foster parent, contact: