We are so excited and humbled by the work and giving that we receive to make the work at Searcy Children’s Homes continue to bless the lives of children and families in our community. Every detail of this redesign was thought through to have the maximum impact on those that walk through its doors.
The new building will have unique tools to reunite families such as the Beverly Ford Family Visit Center and the Safe Haven. The face-to-face interaction the visit center will provide is unlike most visit opportunities families have access to. It will be a space that encourages conversation and healing. The Safe Haven will be used as an immediate refuge for children entering care and a space they can begin their journey of hope in safety and comfort.
Brandon Tittle | Executive Director
The Greater Purpose
Sparrow’s Promise grew out of the vision of Searcy Children’s Homes, Inc. to plant seeds of hope in the lives of children and families. Over the years, thousands of seeds have been planted, and we are encouraged by the good work that has been done so far.
With the creation of the Ford Family Visit Center, it is our hope that even greater good will be done for the families and children we serve by providing them with a place to connect and grow together — a place that reminds us all how mercy triumphs over judgment.
The Role of Visitation
“…agencies and practitioners should make special efforts to ensure that visits are conducted in a home-like setting that replicates the unique social and cultural environments in which attachment relationships would normally develop.
Unfortunately, many parental visits take place not just under very difficult circumstances, but in unfamiliar environments such as child welfare offices or fast food restaurants that are not conducive to socially and culturally distinct patterns of parent-child play, talk, or caregiving.”
Sparrow’s Promise is committed to providing hope for children and families. Our mission is to care for families by providing tools for healing.
The Hope Remodel
The Safe Haven will provide a safe and comfortable space for children after being removed from home when an immediate placement is not available. Children will find security, comfort and stability during this traumatic time.
Beverly Ford Family Visit Center
“Parent visitation, the scheduled face-to-face contact between parents and their children in foster care, is considered the primary intervention for maintaining and enhancing the development of parent-child relationships necessary for successful family reunification.”
Variety of Areas for Engagement
Layout that Encourages Conversation
Window Allowing Natural Light
Separate Area for Observation
“The family that child was born into was the family who God created for them and I really believe that if at all possible, that child should return to their family.”
Sparrow’s Promise currently works with 18 foster families and seven support families in our area. Of those wonderful families, Jim and Elle Tarrant have been so encouraging in how they love and care for the children who come into their home.
Three years ago, an announcement in church encouraged them to begin the process of becoming foster parents. Since that time, they have welcomed a number of children into their home and boldly faced the challenges and blessings that came with them. Like most foster families, they said the hardest part is the children that have been in their care leaving and not always knowing what their outcome will be. However, Elle is still encouraged by something that was said to her in training.
“The family that child was born into was the family who God created for them and I really believe that if at all possible, that child should return to their family,” said Elle.
The Tarrants have two adoptive children of their own and Elle has always wanted to be a foster parent. Although the job comes with challenges, Jim and Elle love having children in their home again with all the blessings that come with them.
The staff at Sparrow’s Promise is always here to help families in whatever ways we can. Elle remembers a time when she frantically called a staff member to sit with her in the emergency room and the comfort they provided in a stressful time with a foster child.
“The Tarrants are a great example of the care provided by all of our foster families,” said Brandon Tittle, Executive Director of Sparrow’s Promise. “The way they love and support the children and their birth families is truly inspiring and has been recognized at the state level. We are so grateful for the high level of care provided by all of our families.”
Jim and Elle are thankful they can still stay in touch with some of the children and families that have been reunited. They attended the birthday party of one of their previous foster children recently and were delighted. This kind of support is the core of our mission at Sparrow’s Promise. It is this kind of care that provides hope to the children and families we work with.
Change A Life Today
The work at Sparrow’s Promise is only possible from support from donors like you. Funds provided by private donors, local businesses, The Sharing Shoppe, and the annual Max Clark Memorial Golf Tournament allow children and families to receive the support and hope they need.
If you would rather have your donation deducted monthly automatically from your credit card or bank account, please fill out this form and mail it to us. Your personal information will be used to give you your proper credit for tax deductions and also to allow us to recognize and thank you in the appropriate way.
If your company matches donations, or if the gift is in memorial, honor, or appreciation of someone, please add their name and address to the form you mail in. We will contact you to verify the information.
If you have any questions or would prefer to give to Searcy Children’s Homes by phone please call 501-268-3243.