Roger and Laura Webb
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”.