OLD POST Local support is there for us

For one, we can text them day or night and they are willing to give us encouraging words and join us in prayer. They help us find respite care when we need a break. When it gets really rough they have someone bring us a meal. They also get us connected with another foster family or professional that may be able to give us insight to help. They have provided much through The CALL Mall. They invest in us personally so that they know us and how to help our family. Support Group meetings have been very helpful.
— Foster parent (from 2015 foster parent survey)

Support OLD POST

The support that The CALL brings. We weren’t doing it alone and it brought people in our lives who actually understood. That was huge for me!
— Foster parent (from 2015 foster parent survey)

A great experience

Knowing I passed and my home will be open soon to help foster and adopt… Just knowing I’m following my heart. This is what God lay on my heart to do and it’s been a great experience.
— Foster parent (from 2015 foster parent survey)

County support

The Facebook page for our local county is invaluable. It’s where we can post any question, praise, frustration… anything, and there is always someone to answer. It really feels like a community of like-minded people, something that’s hard to find among those who aren’t involved in foster care. Our county coordinators are amazing and bend over backwards to make sure our families have whatever they need. Also, The CALL Mall is a wonderful resource for physical needs of foster children.
— Foster parent (from 2015 foster parent survey)

2016 Memorials

Given by David and Caroline Ackerman in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Christine Angtuaco in memory of Deangelo “DJ” Hamilton

Given by Norman and Barbara Arnold in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Sean and Erica Baker in memory of Mary Jo Blankenship

Given by Catherine Binns in memory of Martha P. West

Given by Jeremiah and Candace Bogdon in memory of Luann Acord

Given by Emile Borne in memory of Barbara Simpson

Given by Allen and Vicki Bridges in memory of Patrick Dudeck

Given by C & K Management, LLC in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Howard and Alyce Chapin in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Joe Cheshier in memory of Billie Cheshier

Given by Crye Leike Brock Real Estate in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Richard Edwards in memory of Richard Golding

Given by Lynnette Files in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Hayden Finley in memory of Mary Mahan Swann

Given by Emily Gairhan in memory of Joe Cook

Given by Ron and Ramona Gillespie in memory of Jean Balderree

Given by Grace Lutheran Church in memory of Mrs. Genevieve Michel

Given by Judy Harris in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Alan and Gaye Harrison in memory of Betty Gipson

Given by Donna Harrison in memory of Richard Golding

Given by Pat Hawkins in memory of James Hawkins

Given by Pat Hawkins in memory of James Hawkins

Given by Jo Ann Higgins in memory of Heather Henschel Parker

Given by James and Allison Hoffman in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Bill and Shelby Hunt in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by J C Automotive in memory of Mary Swann

Given by Jerry and Lizzy Jackson in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Jeff and Christine Kacer in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Hubert and Peggy Long in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by David and Constance Master in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Gregory and Michelle McCarroll in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Don McClure in memory of Terri Chesshir McClure

Given by Ron and Bobbie McKenzie in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Heather Moore in memory of Donald Chipman

Given by Ronny Nantze in memory of Tommy Endsley

Given by Leland and Paula Nixon in memory of R.B. Stacks

Given by Tim and Debbie Ogg in memory of Gaylia Fleming

Given by Gordon and Pat Page in memory of Pat Munns

Given by Justin and Ana Parker in memory of Daniel Fallen

Given by Everett and Carolyn Partain in memory of Patrick Hunt Dudeck

Given by James and Donna Phillips in memory of Naomi Phillips

Given by Radiology Consultants in memory of Patrick Hunt Dudeck

Given by Receivables Management Corp. of America in memory of Gaylia Fleming

Given by Linda Reed in memory of Joe Cook

Given by Lynne Rice in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Larry and Frances Shadle in memory of Joe Cook

Given by Joseph and Janice Snell in memory of Juanita Simpson

Given by Southern Personnel Management, Inc. in memory of Luann Acord

Given by Brent and Charla Sprinkle in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Kevin and Rosie Sturgill in memory of Mary Mahan Swann

Given by Chris and Rebecca Swindell in memory of Joe Wayne Cook

Given by Bobby and Deana Taylor in memory of Marie Benton

Given by Ron and Carrolyn Tucker in memory of Cleda Freeman

Given by Michael and Rebeccah Vaught in memory of Blanch Maxwell

Given by Jeff and Debbie Walker in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Caroline Waller in memory of Bobbie Sue Talbot

Given by Billy and Carolyn Webb in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by West Side School District No. 4 in memory of Mary Mahan Swann

Given by Faye and Charles Westerman in memory of Fern Simpson

Given by Terry Wilfong in memory of Floyd Briggs

Given by John and Maxine Williams in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Paul and Cheryl Williams in memory of Earl Ross Downs

Given by Lance and Skye Wright in memory of Pat Dudeck

Given by Gary and Reba Yow in memory of Pat Dudeck

Life saver

The CALL had been very supportive. They have been a life saver in all requests made regarding the needs of the children by providing clothing, school supplies, respite, toys, support groups, Christmas gifts and many more needs.
— Foster parent (from 2015 foster parent survey)

Executive director letter

Dear Friends:

Each year, I take time to reflect on this picture of the progress of The CALL. I LOVE our Annual Report. Looking at it reminds of the sweet memories captured in snap shots stored in my photo albums – so many emotions!

In 2016, we saw God at work in mighty ways. We experienced moments of elation as new foster and adoptive families were opened and children were adopted by their forever families. We also faced heartbreak and weariness as we met difficult circumstances in the child welfare arena. But through it all, we saw the glory of the Lord rise above it all!

He has equipped us with all we need to carry on as we work toward His vision of no waiting children in Arkansas foster care! I pray you stand with us and use your spiritual gifts for the Kingdom – investing time, energy and skill into loving children and youth in foster care with the extravagant love of Christ.

To our foster and adoptive families – thank you for ministering to children who are suffering the traumatic effects of abuse and neglect. You have blessed the hearts of more than 10,000 children since 2007! You are the provision of the Lord!

To our volunteers – thank you for serving in all kinds of important roles – mobilizing local churches, re-cruiting, training and supporting families as they invest in the lives of children. Your inspire me! You are the heartbeat of this ministry.

To our partners at the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services – thank you for your commit-ment to this unique partnership between a faith-based organization and a government agency. I am deeply grateful that we are on this journey together!

To our donors – thank you for your investment in the work of The CALL. Your gifts directly impact the lives of abused and neglected children in foster care. Your support provides homes where children can heal and grow.

God is GOOD! Please continue pray for God’s wisdom, guidance and leadership of The CALL.

Until there are more than enough,
Lauri Currier signature

Adopting

Being able to adopt Kendall & MaKayla. It’s hard to believe the changes we saw when those two precious kids knew that they were ours forever. And as icing on the cake, both of them formed a personal relationship with Christ within the 1st six months of being in our home — everything it took to get to that point was worth it for that to happen!
— Adoptive parent (from 2015 foster parent survey)

Lives changed

To see the two boys we ended up adopting overcome their struggles and become such a loving part of our every day lives.
— Adoptive parent (from 2015 foster parent survey)

Statewide Summit VII

The CALL Statewide Summit 2015Statewide Summit VII – 2 day planning and equipping meeting October 2 & 3, 2015.

Participants at The CALL 2015 Statewide Summit

On Friday over 80 volunteers and staff of The CALL and our partners at DCFS worked collaboratively and celebrated successes from 2014 & 2015; and to set goals for 2016 to open 730 new foster homes.

The CALL 2015 Statewide Summit participants

Jason Weber speaking at The CALL Statewide Summit breakoutOn Saturday, Jason Weber, the Director of CAFO’s National Foster Care Initiative, was our Keynote Speaker for over 70 volunteers and staff from throughout the state.

In addition to the keynote on Saturday, we offered 18 equipping workshops featuring 19 different speakers for affiliate leadership and volunteers.

Our first placement

We had a 3 yr old (our first placement) for a year and half. He was definitely a handful, but always has a smile on his face. He and two of his siblings were placed with an adoptive family in February and the adoption is set to be finalized in three weeks. We watched this little boy grow from a toddler with a potty mouth to talking about loving Jesus and having him in his heart.
— Foster parent (from 2015 foster parent survey)

HOPE Conference

2015 Hope Conference

The CALL partnered with the Central Arkansas Orphan Coalition, and provided leadership and administrative support for HOPE Conference 2015 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock on March 6 & 7.

HOPE Conference 2015 provided support and continuing education for over 300 foster and adoptive families from around the state of Arkansas.

Connecting at the 2015 Hope Conference

Questions answered

The availability of CALL personnel for constant contact. Any question I had, I just called and they either answered my questions or quickly found the answers.
— Foster parent (from 2015 foster parent survey)

Helpful

Ann and Haley have also responded when I reached out with a question, concern or problem. Their response time is amazing, their concern is sincere and their advice is always sought.
— Foster parent (from 2015 foster parent survey)

Reuniting

Reuniting my first placement with his mom and knowing she was going to do a great job! Continuing to keep in contact with her and enjoying watching them both grow!
— Foster parent (from 2015 foster parent survey)

Info meetings

Through the year, 103 Info Meetings were held in churches around Arkansas. A total of 790 families attended, learning about how they can be part of solving the crisis in foster care in our state.

New perspective

Seeing their progress. For one, it was simply seeing him feel at ease with us and feeling comfortable. For another, it’s learning to do things (that shouldn’t be an issue for a child his age) and make huge strides in his abilities. Mostly, I really like seeing them as they start to see the world through a new perspective.
— Foster parent (from 2015 foster parent survey)

Fast training

The training process with Elizabeth Glass of The CALL was the best part of our certification. Elizabeth provided our training as soon as possible. The training was the fastest part of the process! We learned a lot!
— Foster parent (from 2015 foster parent survey)

All in

The condensed training was what pushed us to move forward. Once we prayerfully decided to foster we couldn’t get through training and paperwork fast enough. We were ‘all in’ so to speak.
— Foster parent (from 2015 foster parent survey)