Celebrating the small
steps to victory
I am finally learning the wisdom of focusing on and
celebrating the small victories when faced with awesome challenges. My work load these past two months has been
very challenging so I have claimed the executive privilege of condensing 2
months of newsletters into one.I do apologize only to those who expected two, since I have
a lot to report.
This has been a very busy year so far for FASI, and I can
make a long list of many more things I am or should be working on. The other
day, I even had a moment of regression and pondered that old saying, "The
more things change, the more they stay the same." But, every sane civilization of humanity
including “God Bless” America has the responsibility to assure that every child
born to that civilization is raised and nurtured in a permanent family.
This is an enormous task, but we can celebrate the small
victories as they come and keep on praying and working for the big victory.
I want to share with you some small victories many of you
have worked to help achieve for the many children of God in our midst.
1. After a long 50 year struggle, our state Legislature and
Governor enacted a bill requiring Seat-Belts for every passenger on all School
Buses purchased after 1/1/18. This Act provides for the funding of this safety
measure for our children by a 1% increase in the personal property tax in any
county in which a petition is signed by 10% of a school district’s qualified
electors. We will have more details in next month’s
2. The United Methodist Church at its Annual Conference
overwhelmingly passed a Resolution sponsored by four Methodist pastors, whom
are also adoptive parents, which urged every United Methodist Church in
Arkansas to Celebrate November of this year as National Adoption Awareness
3. As this issue is being sent to you, FASI has three
families in the process of accepting a total of 6 children for adoption. One of
these families is adopting a sibling group of 3 after adopting their first 2
children. All of the children have or
will be coming to Arkansas are from Texas or Ohio. This is the first time we have had more than one
family at a time adopting from Foster Care in another state. Now, although this
is a complex process to orchestrate, we are overjoyed and thankful.
In the big picture of "Every Child Deserves a Permanent
Family", these are significant achievements and we are thankful for everything
you and many others do to assist this pursuit of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of
Happiness for all God's children.
A Big Thank You to:Diane Dow for all her years of service with our agency with
helping many clients, regardless of their age.
She has formerly retired from her professional work and will continue
living in Conway. She will be missed by so many us. Adoptive Fathers each, of whom is a United Methodist
minister, who sponsored a formal Resolution at the Arkansas’ Annual Conference
urging every United Methodist Church in Arkansas to recognize and Celebrate
National Adoption Awareness Month in November.
The resolution was passed unanimously by 1300 delegates.A big thanks to all of those who worked so hard to encourage
our state Senators and Representatives to support the legislation for Seat
Belts for School Buses Bill, which passed both Houses of The General Assembly
and was approved by the governor this past Legislative Session. This Act 275
makes it possible for the voters in each school district to choose to levy a
1.0% increase on taxable real, personal, or utility property to fund the
additional cost of installation of seat belts with shoulder harnesses on all new
school buses purchased in that District after 1/1/18. This last step will take
some work from you, me, and many others,
but our successes to come will save the lives of many Arkansas children. Please
contact me, Bill Barling, at FASI for details of the next step.
2017 Bizarre and Unique Holidays
You're Happy Month
- Dog Days of Summer - July 3 - August 11
- International Clown Week - always August 1-7
Eye Exam Month
1 National Simplify your Life Week
2 National Smile Week
3 Friendship Week
4 Be Kind to Humankind Week