We are so humbled by what 2016 brought us! We saw 145 children come through 26 different foster homes. We worked with 7 families as we saw 15 children adopted into forever families. We are still amazed when we look at these numbers! God is doing great things in Union county as we are proud that he is allowing us to have a part in this ministry!
We look to 2017 as we work toward our completing our mission, To Education, equip, and encourage the Christian community to provide a future and a hope for children in Arkansas foster care.
Currently in Union County we are serving 27 open foster homes and 8 adoptive homes. We are providing support groups, education, pray, and community to the families that open their lives and homes up to the waiting children. These families get to demonstrate everyday how God works through grace and mercy. They are on the front line as they work to show these children what a healthy family looks like.
While we work with the families directly, we rely on the Christian community in Union County to do the same. We are working with the churches to help us recruit families, train them, and support them. This mean many different things to many different churches. We are looking for families that hope to grown their families through adoption, families that are able to care for a child while the biological family works to regain custody, families that can volunteer with our organization and foster homes. We need financial support as we continue to grown and we covet prayers. We understand that this is God’s work and we are striving to glorify him in it. The most important part, we know, is your prayers.
Are you interested in learning more about this ministry or becoming a foster/adoptive home? See you at our next informational meeting!
The CALL in Union County’s coordinator, Karen Langston, has been accepted as a practitioner trainer at Texas Christian University for the Fall semester.
Langston will be studying the TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) program.
The CALL in Union County is looking forward to bringing this program to Union county as we educate our foster parents, schools, churches, and the community.
“TBRI is a wonderful program using what we know about the effects of abuse and neglect on brain development in the children of trauma,” Langston said. We encourage you to check out http://child.tcu.edu/ to learn more about this program!
For more information on this program or to schedule a meeting with your organization, contact email@example.com.”
The CALL in Union county has had an amazing year and God isn’t slowing down! We starting 2015 with 3 open/active foster homes. We are proud that we just opened our 24th home! That means that we have 24 individual families that have opened their homes to provide a loving, safe, Christian home to the children that find themselves in foster care. While we are currently serving 33 foster children and 5 adopted children, we still are finding that we can not house every child that comes into care. Our surrounding counties are desperate for open homes and we open see many of their placements in Union county.
We are currently working with 15 pending families to open their homes to foster/adoption. We are assisting Columbia and Ouachita counties in a variety of ways to grow their counties, as well. We believe these two objectives will greatly ease the work of our local DCFS and solve the numbers of Union county children being placed out of county.
In 2015 we moved into our new offices at the Petroleum building and are grateful for their support. In November we opened our CALL mall to assist our homes with the basic supplies as they embrace these children. At the CALL mall, our families can “shop” for diapers, wipes, lotions, shampoos, toys, beds, car seats, clothing, and bedding. This helps alleviate the financial burden on our families. These supplies are also made available to our local DCFS workers as they assist families and keep their supplies stocked.
The CALL in Union county has only one paid employee and a handful of volunteers. Our focus is always on our families serving these children. We are looking for volunteers that want to come along beside these families and our organization!
We are blessed with an amazing Advisory Board that work and live in Union county:
Tim Bolin: Financial Coordinator/Co Chair
Elizabeth Glass: Foster parent/Co Chair
Ashley Gurley: Church Rep coordinator
Rexayn Tribble: Foster parent/ Training Coordinator
Tonya Bradshaw: Foster parent/ CPR coordinator
Karen Langston: Union county coordinator