Family Ministries

Connected Foster Care

There is a crisis in foster care in Arkansas, and our  Connected Foster Care ministry is helping fight the cause. Connected is a foster care ministry to provide and/or mobilize resources needed to make foster care successful in Arkansas. It also gives Southern Baptist churches an opportunity to take an active role in ministry to foster care children, families and state foster care workers.

To date, Connected is recruiting foster families in Sebastian, Crawford, Scott, Logan, Franklin, Johnson, Yell, Jackson, Crittenden, Poinsett and Cross Counties. 

The program helps establish a structure for the foster community; recruit, facilitate and provide training for foster families, in accordance with the Arkansas Division of Children and Families (DCFS). Furthermore, Connected will facilitate multi-church partnerships; and improve the child welfare system through the involvement of the local church.

Hands-on support for foster families is also provided through local Southern Baptist churches. These support services include prepared meals for foster families upon arrival of foster child, babysitting, tutoring, respite care, transportation, food/clothing closets and school supplies.

In addition, Connected partners churches with DCFS family services workers, offering support, encouragement and other needed services. Assistance for birth families is also obtainable through local churches.

To learn how you can become a foster parent in these counties, contact:

Lynn Szczepanik, BSW, MSA

Fort Smith Area Director
(479) 646-2100, ext. 103

Ryan Ropp, LMSW

Connected Foster Care Coordinator

(870) 367-3365


Professionally trained Christian counselors minister to individuals, couples and entire families at locations around the state. The goal is to foster hope and healing through a therapeutic relationship that is planned and structured, as well as spontaneously directed by the Holy Spirit.

We use strategies that have been researched and reviewed with positive outcomes and align with a Christian worldview. The counseling relationship is one of genuineness, trust, mercy and acceptance, with intervention based on skill and knowledge that is consistent with Scripture and seasoned with grace.

Because of the generous support of Arkansas Baptists, we are able to offer counseling at the affordable rate of $75 per session. We accept multiple forms of payment, including cash, check and major credit cards. A limited number of partial scholarships are awarded based upon financial need. Arkansas Baptist ministers and their immediate family members are eligible for a full scholarship.

For further information on counseling please contact:

James Barham
(870) 935-5134

Little Rock/Pine Bluff
Hunter Bramlitt
(501) 455-8554

Waylon Vande Hoef
(479) 521-1296

Family Care

Being a single mom is a tough job! It’s a daily fight to balance the need to hold down a job or secure an education against the never-ending needs of your children. Family Care Homes located in Jonesboro, Little Rock and Springdale provide safe and stable environments to protect, nurture and restore struggling single mothers and their children as they navigate through difficult life circumstances. Most importantly, families stay together.

Family Care provides:

  • A stable home filled with love and hope
  • Help for single mothers, with respect and courtesy
  • Counseling for individuals and families
  • Goal-oriented case management
  • Access to employment resources
  • Education and training assistance
  • Life skills training
  • Money management guidance
  • Parenting resources

For further information or application please contact:

Christen Hayes
(870) 935-5134

Little Rock 
Aamie Mason
(501) 455-8554

Springdale (NWAR)
Savanna Martin
(479) 521-1296