PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A long term children’s home in Paragould is having to make some big changes.
The Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home, also known as a family style home, will no longer be operating as it was in the past.
With changes at the federal and state level, directors for the children’s home have had to figure out ways to adapt and move forward.
While they want to focus on expansion by expanding their ministry in to Mississippi, Poinsett, Crittenden, Cross and Jackson counties, they also made the decision that for children in need of long-term residential care, they will be prioritizing their campuses in Monticello and Harrison.
The children’s home in Paragould has eight beds and the Jonesboro Area Director James Barham said there were times when they would have seven or eight children staying in the home.
“Now, we’re looking at multiple counties opening up foster homes and we’ve already begun that in Mississippi and Greene counties,” said Barham. “So now, we’re looking at going from eight beds that we had in Paragould to having potentially hundreds of beds in our Northeast Arkansas region.”
They’ve made the decision to transfer the children located at the Paragould home to another residential ministry in Harrison.
Barham says children were asked if they would like to move to Harrison and they said yes because of the relationships they have formed with their “house parents.”
The Paragould home will remain the property of Greene County Baptist.
Barham said they had several opportunities to expand their foster care ministry, and this just made sense in moving forward and being able to continue to partner with churches, the division of family and children’s services, and ministering to as many children as possible in Northeast Arkansas.