The CALL in Pope County launched in September of 2013, the result of a God driven desire in the hearts of several people, many of whom didn’t know each other at the time. But His timing is perfect and when He is ready to bring a task to fruition, things come together with full force.
Like every county in Arkansas, there is an urgent need for foster and adoptive homes here in Pope County. The number of children in foster care in our county greatly exceeds the number of foster homes we have available to care for them. As of May 2017, there are approximately 100 kids in foster care with only 27 foster homes available to care for these children. Due to the lack of available homes, the remaining children are placed out of county or into group homes or shelters when they come into care.
This means changing schools, longer drive times to visitations and leaving friends and familiar places behind. An overall sense of displacement is added to their already turned upside-down world. These children need a loving home in a community that is familiar to them.
God has given the Church an amazing approach to caring for local children in foster care and those available for adoption. If just one family from each church in Pope County became a foster family, we would have an abundant supply of open homes for our local kids.
Not everyone is called to be a foster or adoptive parent but there are so many more ways our congregations can be actively involved in caring for the hurting children of our community. Please consider the volunteer opportunities we currently have available in Pope County. Contact us today for more information on how YOU can be involved in making a difference in the life of a child in foster care!
County Volunteer Staff
Elisabeth MacPeek, County Coordinator
Ashley and Michael Escue, Church Recruitment and Fundraising Coordinators
Allison Hoke, Incoming Family Support Coordinator
Anna Stirtiz, Existing Family Support Coordinator
Heather McConnell, Training Coordinator
Rebecca and Dave Barton, Finance and Joseph’s House Coordinators
Care Closet/CALL Mall
Joseph’s House, our local care closet, supports foster families and the children they care for by providing items like clothing, diapers and equipment at no cost to the families or children. It’s location is undisclosed for the protection and privacy of the families and children. It is available for use 24/7 for all open and approved foster homes.
Contact Rebecca Barton 501-766-6912 or Kimberly Lee 479-747-7375 for more information.