At the end of 2014, The CALL was active in 29 counties, with another 5 working towards launch!
“I am forever thankful and inspired by my church family. They have lifted us up in prayer, cried with us, laughed with us and been a family to all my kids. Whether they were born to me or not, they welcomed and loved and was a family to all of them.”
129 Info Meetings held in churches around Arkansas, with 902 families attending.
352 families received the required training to become a foster or adoptive family by The CALL in 55 trainings held in churches across Arkansas.
“Tenille Rauls and her total desire to serve HIM no matter what. Her love for these kids is a testament to her heart for God. So thankful to have her as part of my support team while we love the kids that are coming into our home.”
God works in amazing ways. One recent way was through a local electrician and several friends from local churches. The CALL in Baxter County was made aware from a DCFS Case Worker of a family that needed some major rewiring of their home in order for their children to return home from foster care.
The family was very discouraged because they were told it was a significant problem and would cost well above anything they would be able to pay. One of our respite families happened to see the post on our FB page about the need and felt passionate about making it happen. Kaytie Kelley and her husband, Ryan, recruited Josh Thompson, with Thompson Electric, Wirt McKee, Eric Rushing, and Russell Tucker and they got the entire job DONE for FREE for the family. Our local Home Depot was amazing and donated some of the supplies as well! Not only was physical light brought to this biological families home but also the team was able to pray over the family as well and bring the most important light of all our Savior Jesus Christ. We received a thank you note from the biological family with precious words of their thanks.
Working to restore families can happen in many forms. God can and does use people and many situations to bring glory to Him. We are thankful The CALL in Baxter County was able to help facilitate and witness this amazing work He did through His people.
“I appreciate the families who are willing to adopt children who can not, for whatever reason, be raised by their bio parents.”
“I am SO grateful to The CALL for all of the wonderful things you provide to those of us who need help/support/education!”
The CALL partnered with the Central Arkansas Orphan Coalition for the first annual HOPE Conference: bringing hope and support to Arkansas foster and adoptive parents. Hosted by Geyer Springs First Baptist Church in Little Rock, keynote speakers Michael and Amy Monroe shared tools for caring for children from hard places. Michael and Amy have developed Empowered To Connect Parent Training in partnership with Tapestry foster care ministry at Irving Bible Church in Texas and Dr. Karyn Purvis from Texas Christian University.
Over 300 people from all over the state attended breakout sessions offering practical insights for parents of foster and adoptive children to use in their marriages, encouragement from longtime foster parents who will offer hope for the amazing journey of foster care and adoption, experts from several agencies will answer questions for those considering a private domestic or international adoption, as well as education about sensory processing skills and the language learning necessary to every child’s development.
In August 2014 we held our first two sessions of New Affiliate Operational Training. This is a two day training developed to train new affiliate leadership teams on the programs and procedures of The CALL. Additionally, we offered one on one training for each specific job on the local team. We trained leadership in Franklin County in Charleston, Arkansas on August 5 & 6 and Clark County in Arkadelphia, Arkansas on August 11 & 12.
In May 2014 a group of 17 county and statewide leaders met to begin work on The CALL’s Strategic Plan.