By Derek Brown, Ph.D., LPC

Executive Director, Arkansas Baptist Children & Family Ministries

Arkansas families need to know

By Derek Brown, Ph.D., LPC

Executive Director, Arkansas Baptist Children & Family Ministries

Arkansas families need to know how deeply Arkansas Baptists love them. Our communities are filled with families who are isolated, hurting, and hopeless. Their confidence in the church is fading fast, and they drive past your doors without consideration of the hope that can be found within. What if we could change that? 

Even in the midst of the challenges we face, we still have the answer to their need and people are still finding real hope through ministries of the local church. As a result of the solutions offered by Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes & Family ministries in partnership with Arkansas Baptist churches, lives are being daily impacted. 

 Across this state, children placed by Connected Foster Care not only experience the love of Christ, but they are also more likely to have a stable placement and find permanency. This is all possible because foster families have the partnership of Christ-centered professional case management services. Through church-driven foster care, vulnerable children and families have hope for reunification. 

A mother with an unexpected pregnancy who chooses to place her baby for adoption through Connected Adoptions has the assurance that services and support will be available for both her and her baby in years to come. A mother who chooses to parent is able to connect with an advocate through Desired Haven Family Care to find the skills and support needed to be successful. Through a healthy support system built within the local church, Desired Haven advocacy is helping at-risk families break generational cycles and experience healthy futures. 

Every week, hundreds of Arkansans are finding hope through Living Well Professional Counseling, knowing they are meeting with a Christian counselor who is trained and equipped to process whatever their story may hold. Through the joint effort of local churches and Christ-centered counselors to meet the mental health needs of our communities, lives are preserved, marriages are restored, and chains are broken every day.   

Today, brothers and sisters in foster care are able to stay together through our two campus ministries because of the churches that formed and have sustained Arkansas Baptist Homes for Children and Arkansas Baptist Ranch through the years. These children experience a real home and family environment while they live on our campuses.  

Our partnership with Arkansas Baptist churches makes each of these vital ministries that serve Arkansas families possible. The needs of families have become widespread and more complex, and the confidence of the community has faded, but the hope of the Gospel has not. Let us continue to build upon our long-standing partnership, so that together we can show the vulnerable children and families of your community how much they are loved by Arkansas Baptists!  

 We want to equip your church to bring hope to the hurting families in your community. Would you like to learn more about the divisions of Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries? Email Tim Noel at to arrange for someone to speak to your church group. In the meantime, check out to read about the ministry happening around the state.  

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