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.

While you wait

As much as The CALL tries to keep the process moving, sometimes the wait seems long. Here are a few things you can do while you are working your way through the process.

Start by reading and prayerfully considering Ten Questions for Parents Preparing to Adopt or Foster.

Then

  1. Collect the required paperwork in your Red “Final Paperwork” Packet.
  2. Read the Foster Parent Handbook published by DCFS.
  3. Foster care and adoption is a family decision, so talk with your biological children about it.
  4. Attend a local support group meeting between PRIDE Training and the completion of your home study.
  5. Build your support network. Recruit family and friends who can help you along the way.
  6. Become a church rep and launch The CALL ministry in your church.
  7. Get your home ready. Clean up, finish projects, and prepare a room for taking in a child.
  8. Determine how you will manage your time once a child enters your home. Pare down your work schedule, extracurricular activities, moving plans, etc.
  9. Get your finances in order.
  10. Explore local day care facilities that serve the unique needs of foster children.
  11. Make connections other foster and adoptive families and their children.
  12. Learn about the unique challenges that children in foster care have experienced and equip yourself for dealing with children who come from hard places.
  13. Pray for children in foster care, The CALL’s staff and volunteers, and DCFS staff.