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.

Requirements for prospective foster and adoptive families

Foster and Adoptive families recruited by The CALL must meet the requirements set by the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services. In addition, the families we work alongside sign a statement of faith and provide a pastoral/church reference in order to proceed with the process.

Age
Foster parents must be between the ages of 21 to 65
There must be a minimum of 10-years age difference and no more than a 45-years age difference between the child and the adoptive applicant.

Marital Status
Couples may apply and must demonstrate a stable relationship.
Single persons may also apply.

Health Status
Members of the household must complete a physical examination.

Housing
Space must be adequate to promote health and safety.

Resources
Prospective families must have sufficient resources to meet the financial, medical, physical, educational, emotional, and shelter needs of the child without relying solely on state or federal financial assistance. All foster families receive a monthly board payment from DCFS which is intended to defray the cost of having a foster child placed in your home. Children in foster care receive medical benefits through Medicaid.

Background Checks
All members of the household age 18 years and older must be cleared through Arkansas Adult Maltreatment Central Registry, State Police criminal Record Check, and FBI Background Check.

In addition, All members of the household age 14 years and older must be cleared through the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry.

Other Requirements

  • Be a resident of Arkansas
  • Complete 30 hours of PRIDE training
  • Complete CPR/ First Aid certification
  • Meet Minimum Licensing Standards and DCFS Policy requirements

For more specific information regarding the requirements for becoming a foster or adoptive parent please register for and