James 1:27

"Pure and faultless religion is to care for the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

Rescue 100 Beginnings

Rescue 100 is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit Organization that helps collaborative efforts between the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, the courts and churches representing all denominations across the state of Mississippi. These organizations work together to streamline the training and licensing process for foster families. Rescue 100 is committed to recruiting, training and supporting foster families who provide loving homes for children in the state foster care system. Rescue 100 trains and equips foster families through online training courses and a 1-day training to expedite licensing their homes so they can care for children in need of a stable and loving home environment. Orientation sessions and training are held throughout the year in all parts of the state.

Mississippi currently has almost 6,000 children in foster care. There is a critical need for hundreds and hundreds more foster families to care for them and provide them with a safe, stable and loving home environment.

Rescue 100 was begun in Gulfport in 2016 as a faith-based initiative led by Pastor Tony Karnes of Michael Memorial Baptist Church in response to the need for 100 new foster families in his community. The success of the first Rescue 100 event then inspired leaders to expand the program statewide.

Listen to the Sermon that started the Rescue 100 Ministry
“The break down in our system has always been the lack of foster homes.“ – Cindy Alexander – Court Administrator, Harrsion County
“God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary thing!“ – Pastor Tony Karnes


Kids enter foster care through no fault of their own–typically because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned and are unable to continue living safely with their families.

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When we hear of waiting kids, we often think of children overseas in orphanages or living on the street somewhere. But what we fail to realize is that the United States also has many children and youth waiting for safe families.

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Rescue 100

Rescue 100 is a collaborative effort between the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, the courts and churches representing all denominations across the state of Mississippi.

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Support / Shop

You can support the Rescue 100 project by making a donation or by buying some Rescue 100 merchandise. Rescue 100 merchandise make great gifts!

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Who are foster parents?

Foster parents are individuals or married couples who complete the steps to become licensed to serve as caretakers for foster children. They work with birth families and hope changes are made that will allow the children to return to a safe home. Foster parents may choose to adopt the children if this is not possible.

These families provide a safe and stable environment for children who may be experiencing stress and trauma from recent life changes. They receive a monthly reimbursement to help offset the cost of caring for children. Social workers visit the home on a regular basis to provide services and support to the children and family.
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Register for Training

Individuals and families who wish to learn more about becoming a Foster Family/Parent in Mississippi can start by registering online for an upcoming Orientation Session. If you are married, both spouses must attend the Orientation Session and Training.

At the Orientation Session, which typically lasts around one hour, families will learn what being a Foster Family involves and get an overview of how they can become licensed to provide foster care.

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Latest News

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A Pastor’s Persistence, God’s Provision

This is a PodCast on the Forgotten Initiative When you’re connected to the heart of God, you’ll never be surprised at the doors He opens, the favor He grants, and[…]

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May 7, 2019 0

Faith-based reform for Mississippi’s foster care agency

MARY REICHARD, HOST: Today is Tuesday, February 19th. Thank you for turning to WORLD Radio to help start your day. Good morning. I’m Mary Reichard.   NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher. Coming next[…]

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May 3, 2019 0

Church’s foster care initiative embraced statewide

GULFPORT, Miss. (BP) — What started as a pastor’s burden for orphans has impacted the lives of hundreds of at-risk children and their families as well as Mississippi’s child welfare[…]

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May 3, 2019 0

Meet the Team

The Rescue 100 Team

Tony Karnes


Foster Parent

Tony Karnes is the Pastor of Michael Memorial Baptist Church.

Anna Schilling Griffin

Vice President

Foster & Adoptive Parent

Anna Schilling Griffin is a Member of Michael Memorial Baptist Church

Amanda Schilling White

Board Member


Amanda Schilling White is a Member of Michael Memorial Baptist Church

Regina Wood


Regina Wood is a Member of Michael Memorial Baptist Church

Jennifer Bardwell


Foster Parent

Jennifer Bardwell is a Member of Michael Memorial Baptist Church


Children in Foster Care throughout the US


Available for adoption throughout the US


Churches throughout the United States

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