Foster Parent Ministry
At First Baptist Church of Searcy, we have partnered with the White County Coalition for Foster Care and Adoption to minister to individuals who serve as Foster Parents in White County or those who are seeking to serve in this capacity. It is also a ministry for Foster Children. Here is a listing of the important parts of this ministry:
White County Foster Parents Associational Meetings:
- First Mondays in September, October, November, April, and May (5:40-8:00 pm).
- Church volunteers and individuals from other churches provide childcare so that the Foster Parents can obtain their "continuing education“ requirements. This is a welcomed support for the Foster Parents and a great way for FBC to show God’s love to foster children. Volunteers and the children have developed positive relationships and some have said they love coming to Church!
- Sunday School classes and other volunteers provide supper for the Foster Parents and for the children.
Foster Parents Night Out:
When provided, this is a time that allows foster parents time together or just alone with their own kids. Foster children cannot be left with just anyone so baby sitting is limited for them. We provide the same services at Foster Parent Night Out as we do at the Associational Meetings.
White County Foster Parent Training:
FBC also provides DHS (Department of Human Services) with a place to have their training for future Foster Parents. The training usually consists of five Saturday sessions from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. No childcare or food is provided.
There is an average of 100 kids in foster care in White County and a limited number of foster homes (25-35). Many foster kids are placed “out of county” – sometimes far away. Awareness of the need for foster parents in White County is greatly needed.
Defend the cause of the fatherless...
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.