Angels in Adoption

Roger and Laura Webb
Pulaski County
Adoptive family

The Webb family was recognized by the U.S. Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute as an Angels in Adoption honoree at the Angels in Adoption Gala Washington D.C. on September 21, 2016.

In 2010, while still single, Laura decided to become a foster parent after seeing the traveling “Heart gallery” photos of children who are available for adoption through Arkansas’s foster care system. After going through the certification process to foster through The CALL, she received her first placement from DCFS the day her home opened. “I have fostered more than a dozen children as a single parent,” she said. “I have done a lot of crying since I began fostering. This is not for the faint of heart. I had a baby once for 15 months before she was returned to her mom. I cried for days. I even had to take time off from work because it hurt so badly.”

Laura, who began working for DHS in April 2014, followed the advice of the foster care trainers — she made all the children she fostered part of her family. She attended every court hearing and doctor’s appointment and took the children on vacation. “I met my husband while I was a single foster parent. I told him I would only date him if he would agree to become involved in this ministry with me. He did,” she said.

She was fostering an infant boy when she and Roger married. They were eventually able to adopt him. A year later, they adopted another baby boy. The boys, Joshua and Christian, are now 4 and 3.

After a lot of soul-searching and prayer, Laura and her husband decided to close their home to fostering so that they could focus on their boys.
“I cried. It was a very difficult decision. Although I already have a lot on my plate, I felt as though I was failing the children,” she acknowledged. “I had to convince myself that I cannot do it all.”

Feeling that call continue on her life, she found a different way to serve children in foster care. Laura, serves on the Board of Directors for The CALL, as well as participates in foster and adoption support groups. She wants to find the right homes for the more than 5,000 children in foster care in Arkansas.

We are so thankful for Laura and Roger and their faithfulness in answering “the call”.

Training trainers

Every family recruited must go through required training to become certified to foster or adopt. The CALL relies on dedicated volunteers to provide that training. But first those trainers need to be equipped.

To that end trainer orientations were held in Little Rock in February and in Springdale in July.

49 individuals participated, coming from 24 counties.

Annual HOPE Conference

Together with the Central Arkansas Orphan Coalition, The CALL made possible the annual HOPE Conference that was held at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, March 4 and 5.
Over 400 families and volunteers participated, allowing many of them to complete their needed 15 hours of continuing education.

But wait, there’s more

A lot of focus is on recruiting and training new families to foster and adopt. But The CALL doesn’t stop there. In many ways, once a home is opened for foster or adoption, that’s when the real work starts. To help families succeed for the long haul with their foster or adoptive kids, The CALL held 126 support events around the state in 2016.

Statewide Summit VIII

For 2 days in September (9/16-17), staff and volunteers of The CALL came together in Benton, AR, for planning, equipping and celebration at The CALL Statewide Summit VIII.

On Friday over 115 volunteers and staff of The CALL and our partners at DCFS worked collaboratively and celebrated successes.

Keynote addresses from the Director of the Division of Children and Family Services, Mischa Martin and the Director of the Department of Human Services, Cindy Gillespie.

Saturday featured over 60 volunteers and staff from throughout the state joining us as we highlighted the work of 3 leaders in the state with “PEP Talks”.

In addition to these keynotes, we offered 16 different equipping workshops for affiliate leadership and volunteers.

The CALL Statewide Summit VIII main session

New beginnings

The concept of family is incredibly strong and we all need somewhere to belong, not just for holidays, but for doing life. We’re thrilled that 113 children were adopted by families recruited by The CALL in 2016.