COMPACT Family Services will open a Specialized Developmental Disability Emergency Program for foster children and youth this fall on the campus of Hillcrest Children’s Home in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The new Developmental Disabilities Service (DDS) is an important part of the mission and vision of the agency’s growing continuum of child welfare services.
It is the mission of COMPACT Family Services to redeem vulnerable children and families through compassionate action to the glory of God.
When an autistic or otherwise developmentally disabled child suffers abuse, abandonment, neglect or maltreatment and enters the foster care system, who immediately helps them? Where do they go? Who provides emergency shelter, assessment and assists a permanency plan for this new foster youth? God has called and commissioned COMPACT to serve.
Because COMPACT has been diligent to adapt its accredited and licensed services to meet trends and forces in the changing American foster care system, COMPACT is poised to open this vital program of need on the historic Hillcrest campus.
General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God and COMPACT board chair, Rev. Doug Clay says, “Fewer foster children and youth in America are more vulnerable than those with a developmental disability. Such precious kids need qualified compassionate, competent and professional services, and COMPACT is stepping up to help redeem these deserving kids.”
COMPACT Executive Director, Rev. Jay Mooney says, “Family is our middle name. We believe a loving Christian family environment is vital for healing, nurturing and redeeming traumatized foster children. COMPACT is committed to provide clinical care in a family-like setting. The home will have qualified houseparents in caring partnership with clinicians and other trained providers for around-the-clock care. A family-like atmosphere is right for these special and hurting souls. We will give these precious kids a family-like environment to heal and overcome.”
The state of Arkansas has announced its intent to award the agency a contract that will fund much of the operational cost. However, not all costs are covered. There are startup and other unique continuing operational costs.
$97,000 of renovation and program furnishing has begun for the Gilliam cottage at the Hillcrest campus to provide this residential program for these special kids. Built in 2009, the home is a beautiful 6,000 square foot brick residence adjacent to a multi-purpose sports field. A visionary donor couple have invested an initial $30,000 for startup costs. The agency is asking and trusting God to speak to others to provide the remaining renovative and program needs.
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:16, ESV) The apostle James writes, “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress.” (James 1:27, NLT)