Come to an Info Meeting

Come explore what God may have for YOU to do in the life of a child in foster care in your community!

The first step is to attend a CALL Informational Meeting for prospective Foster and Adoptive Families, but also for anyone who wants to volunteer with or support The CALL in any way.

An Info Meeting is an excellent way to get an overview of the process, to hear from current foster and adoptive parents, to learn about volunteer opportunities, to get all of your questions answered, and to start the paperwork process, if you so decide.

Info Meetings are held regularly in The CALL counties.

Click here to find the calendar for your county and register.

The certification process

The CALL volunteers and staff work collaboratively with DCFS staff to move foster and adoptive families through the certification process. The CALL focuses on recruiting, training and supporting prospective families through the certification process. DCFS screens and approves families, and makes all decision regarding child placements.

Step 1 | Attend The CALL Information Meeting
Prospective families are required to attend an Information meeting in their home county. At this meeting, families will learn more about The CALL and the DCFS requirements for fostering or adopting. Families from counties where there is an active affiliate of The CALL are eligible to complete the certification process with The CALL. Contact the County Coordinator for more information.
Click here to register for an information meeting in your county

Step 2 | Attend The CALL Foster/Adopt PRIDE Training in your County
Prospective families are required to attend training in their home county. Contact the County Coordinator for more information about PRIDE Training.

Step 3 | Attend CPR/First Aid Training
Contact the County Coordinator in your area for more information about CPR/First Aid classes.

Step 4 | Complete Required Paperwork
You will receive a red “Final Paperwork Packet” when you turn in your background check forms that will include a checklist for the required paperwork.

Step 5 | Turn in Final Paperwork Packet
Completed packets are reviewed by the County Coordinator or Family Support Coordinator in your county. We prefer that paperwork to be turned in by the last Sunday of training. If complete, it will be forwarded to The CALL’s Liaison at DCFS.

Step 6 | Prospective Family will be referred for a SAFE Home Study
SAFE Home studies may be conducted by a contract provider or a volunteer. Families will be contacted directly by a home study provider to schedule an appointment

Step 7 | Attend a local Foster/Adopt Parent Support Group Meeting
Contact the County Coordinator in your area for more information about CPR/First Aid classes.

Step 8 | If Certified by DCFS, then your home will be open for placement
A Resource Specialist from DCFS will conduct a Final Walk Through and open your home.