Foster Care

There are more than 400,000 U.S. children in foster care every day. Foster children and families are in every community and God has called the Church to them. Every church can have an effective ministry to America's foster care community.


Consider foster care ministry. COMPACT wants to empower, network, and resource individuals and churches to provide compassion in action to America's foster care children and families

A redemptive revolution is in progress.

With approximately 100 million Christians and thousands of churches, it only takes a little compassion in action in each church to redeem fatherless and fragmented children. Put compassion in action now.

In Arkansas alone, there are over 5,000 children in the foster care system due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. There are also over 6,500 churches in Arkansas.

FOSTER CARE

One of our teenagers *David, right before being water baptized,

“Thank you COMPACT for taking me in and giving me a second chance.”

COMPACT is your partner in mission for serving vulnerable children and families in the foster care system. COMPACT’s evidence-based compassion care system, CompaCare, for churches provides better stability and quality outcomes.

It is important to note that the American foster care system, although federally connected, operates uniquely by state. Each state operates its own system. Thereby, the process in one state may be much different in another.

A redemptive revolution is emerging. With approximately 100 million Christians and thousands of churches, it only takes a little compassion in action in each church to redeem fatherless and fragmented children. Put compassion in action now.

The primary purpose of foster care aims to restore children back to their biological families, although approximately 20% of foster youth are eligible for adoption.

We believe foster families do strategic mission work.

STATISTICS

• There are more than 400,000 U.S. children in foster care every day. Foster children and families are in every community and God has called the Church to them. Every church can have an effective ministry to America’s foster care community.

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• 90% of youth with five or more placements will enter the justice system.

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• Approximately 60% of sex trafficking victims were from foster care or group homes.

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• One research report estimates that 86% of the children in foster care had experienced sexual abuse.

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• PTSD was diagnosed in 60% of sexually abused children and in 42% of physically abused children.

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FOSTER CARE PLACEMENT SERVICES IN ARKANSAS

In 2017, the agency extended its continuum of ministry as a Private Licensed Placement Agency (PLPA) for foster care in Arkansas; COMPACT was awarded one of the first PLPA agreements for foster care in the state. Our strategy is built on evidence that improves three important outcomes – capacity, stability and quality. Thus, our strategy differs from many agencies. First, we plant CompaCare in a partnering church, then recruit foster families within, and then placements are made. The result is better outcomes with faster permanency. The program is succeeding and expanding.

COMPACT’s home-opening process is streamlined, comprehensive, and helps foster families get on mission quickly and competently. The agency provides a new generation of the state required foster parent training through a Christian lens. It consists of five in-person sessions taught by qualified staff and four online sessions that can be completed in the comfort of home.

COMPACT succeeds with a Home Study of the prospective foster family. The process can be completed in approximately 90 days, which is often comparatively faster. The family can then receive their necessary government-agency provided foster license.

COMPACT in Arkansas receives placement referrals from the state but makes the placement in one of its fitting, trained and licensed foster homes.

COMPACT provides essential support to foster families.

• Family Consultant – COMPACT PLPA foster families receive an assigned Family Consultant who provides a substantial layer of support for the mission journey.

• Prayer – As a Christian agency, the staff regularly pray with the foster families.

• Partnership – COMPACT works directly in partnership with the church of its foster families to deploy the CompaCare wrap-around support.

• Family Advocate – The CompaCare system provides a competently trained volunteer to be a Family Advocate for the foster family. The Family Advocate is there to pray, encourage and support with the church.

The overall service provides 24/7 access to one of COMPACT’s trained professionals. Additional Hillcrest resources, including on-campus licensed counselors and warehouse goods benefit nearby foster families. In Arkansas, you can choose to open your foster home through a nationally accredited, Christ-centered professional agency. COMPACTis that agency.

FOSTER CARE SERVICES BEYOND

COMPACT’s strategy is to expand foster care ministry services into additional states over the next decade.

Missouri is first and underway. The strategy is similar to our Arkansas work with one very important difference. In Missouri, rather than COMPACT being the placement agency, it will be the licensing agency. In Arkansas, the only licensing agency is the state.

COMPACT will recruit, train, license and support foster families in the Missouri strategy.

As COMPACT foster services expand into other states, it will likely deploy a form of the Arkansas or Missouri foster care agency strategies, since one or the other is apt to serve.

Remember, it is the excellent CompaCare resource that empowers better outcomes in the foster care journey.

BIOLOGICAL MOTHER SAVED ON EASTER

On Easter weekend, while worshippers all over the world were gathered to celebrate the risen Savior, one mother began her new life in Christ. Just 12 months earlier, this mother was in the throes of addiction, living a chaotic and unstable life. Her two children had just been removed from her care and placed by the state in a COMPACT foster home. Their father had been arrested, and she had virtually no support.

God began using the foster family in an intentionally missional way, demonstrating God’s love towards these two beautiful children. In time, the family reached out to the children’s mother, offering prayer, encouragement and support. Soon, the foster family and their CompaCare church was completely wrapping around this struggling family. The foster family’s small group at church helped connect this mother with safe housing and provided her with needed appliances.

A few weeks prior to Easter, the judge began to talk about reunification. He asked this mother pointedly, “How will you manage to care for these kids if I return them you?” Just then, the COMPACT foster mother stood up and offered her support: “Your honor, my family has committed to helping her in any way she needs it.”

With reunification looming just a few weeks away, the foster parents invited the mother to join them and her children in services on Easter weekend. She accepted their offer and attended a Saturday night service. At the conclusion of that service, she responded to the invitation to receive Jesus as her Savior. She’s now been united with Christ and reunited with her children!

Do you live in Arkansas?

FOSTER WITH COMPACT®

COMPACT is now able to open foster homes in Arkansas. If God has called you to foster, consider fostering through COMPACT - where you get all the support you need. Fill out the contact form below and a member of our Foster Care Department will contact you with more information.

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Q: What does it mean to be a foster parent?

A: Foster parents invite children to join their families on a temporary basis when they are not able to live with their caregivers due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment.

Q: How long will a foster child be in my home?

A: There is no “typical” case. While children are living in a foster home, their parents are given an opportunity to correct the issues that brought about the need for foster care. This can take from a few months to over a year.

Q: Is foster care and adoption the same thing?

A: No! Foster children are “in the system” because their parents need time to make some changes in their lives. About 20% of the time, foster children become adoptable. Foster parents are often given the option to adopt these children, and often they do so, but this is not expected of them.

Q: How long does it take to become a foster parent?

A: Compact has the most efficient, coherent, and streamlined approval process in the state. We can often take you from application to opened for placements in just 75 days!

Q: Do foster families get paid?

A: Foster families receive a modest stipend monthly to help offset the costs involved with fostering. The amount is based on the age of the child, and ranges from $410-$500 per month per child.

Q: Is there an age limit for foster care?

A: Foster families must be at least 21 years old. There is no maximum age.

Q: Who will be there to help me if I foster?

A: Compact works with your church to build a strong support ministry. Also, every Compact foster family is assigned a professional Family Consultant who will serve as your go-to resource. You’ll even receive a 24-hour on-call number for after-hours concerns. You’ll never foster alone!

Q: Is there an age limit for foster care?

A: Foster families must be at least 21 years old. There is no maximum age.