Noalmark’s “Make a Smile Happen” toy drive

For over a decade, Noalmark broadcasting has hosted “Make a Smile Happen” toydrive at our local Wal Mart.  This M.A.S.H event sets up for 2 days in December and collects toys for local children. We are so honored that they have chosen The CALL in Union county as the recipient this year.

The CALL will be on location with wish lists from local foster children to help you shop!  Stop by the tent and we will supply you with an item a child hopes to find under the tree on Christmas morning, or fill the whole list!!!

Can’t make it that day? Reach out to us and we will be happy to supply you with the wishes of a child!

Thank you Noalmark!

It’s a Friendsgiving Open House

In February of 2020, we had our ribbon cutting on the Support Center. Soon after, we found ourselves in the same situation as non-profits across the globe.  We didn’t change our mission and adapted to continue the work.  Since February, our Support Center has hosted 26 family visitation, 4 intake visits, 2 adoption celebrations, 3 training events, 3 teens to use laundry/shower, and our CALL mall has been visited 75 times!  While our recruitment has gone down since the pandemic, we have seen the need for support grow.  We love that our local community stepped up to the challenge and continued to love and encourage The CALL.

As a thank you, we will host a “Friendsgiving Open House” on November 16 from  10-6. In addition to light refreshments, we will offer tours of the Support Center.  A member of our leadership team will be present during this time to accept any additional gifts offered for End of Year giving.

Due to social distancing, masks will be required indoors. Refreshments and fellowship will be offered out doors.  Tours will be given individually or with your family.

We know that without our friends and partners, this mission could not continue to grow in South Arkansas. Thank you.

To RSVP a tour please email khicks@thecallinarkansas.org

The Power of Community

A couple of years ago we meet 3 siblings that needed a foster family. We were proud that a CALL recruited family understood the power of keeping siblings together.  These guys not only remained together but remained in the same foster homes the entire time they were in foster care. We witnessed an amazing bond form between this parents, their biological sons, and the kids.   A bond that helped the kids heal.

DCFS made the decision to place the children on a pre-adoptive path AND the foster parents knew that they would not pursue adoption. This was not easy but, God has plans!  Fast forward and DCFS found an adoptive family right here in the area.  This was welcome news to both families. Not only would the kids be able to see the people they connected to, but the new parents had premade mentors.  Not to mention, the foster family had the peace that the children they cared and loved where still close and safe.

We were so excited to celebrate not only 3 less kids in foster care, but to watch these two families solidify a relationship that is best for kids.  We stood back and saw a “village” form.  It was a good day.

Forever Family keeps siblings together!

Michael and Kim Evans thought they had completed their family.  They stepped into their foster care journey along with their two children in 2015. After a couple years and several placements, they met their son, Owen.  The Evans continued to foster. They were blessed with a little girl to foster. Time continue to pass and they continued their work. Then they received an unexpected phone call.  Owen had a brother that entered into foster care. The Evan’s knew exactly what that meant, they had a new foster placement.

Michael and Kim suddenly had 5 children to love (3 under the age of 4)!  The CALL and the community stood by them as they continued to love these children.  The little girl moved into adoption in 2019 and is now an Evans!

On June 3, 2020 we celebrated the forever family that now is complete.  Michael and Kim finalized the adoption of “Daniel Evans”.  These brothers may have a little different story of their relationship journey, but they are still siblings!

We have watched this family grow and we love them!  Court was conducted via ZOOM and we didn’t want to miss the party! So we used our new Support Center to host their family for an outdoor court viewing!!!! After court, Immanuel Baptist Church hosted a drive by celebration parade.

 

Campfire El Dorado host a Donation Parade for The CALL in Union

 

 

May is Foster Care Awareness Month. May in normally full of fun events to shower our families we appreciation and raise awareness throughout the county.  With the current pandemic, we have had cancel our plans and find new ways to share the mission.

On May 7, 2020, El Dorado Campfire Group #20 hosted a social distancing parade to share the love!  With over 137 vehicles showing up to provide our support center with diapers, wipes, art supplies, cleaning supplies, and snacks for our foster families. We were completely overwhelmed by the show of support.