At the end of 2016, The CALL actively recruited, trained and supported families in 41 counties. In addition, 6 counties were in process, getting ready to launch soon!
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.
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.
More color on the map in autumn
On September 10 The CALL opened its doors in Pike & Montgomery Counties.
Coming together for children in foster care
The CALL came to 2 counties on February 16: Garland and Hot Spring. The 2 counties will have one team working hard to increase the number of foster families and adoptive homes.
To the western edge
The CALL officially came to Polk County on February 19, 2016.
In the course of 45 training events held in churches around the state, 332 families completed the required training to become a foster or adoptive family.
At the end of 2016
As 2016 ended, there were 634 open foster homes and 161 open adoptive homes, recruited by The CALL. In addition, 627 families were in the certification process.
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.
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.
One more step forward
In mid-October, Cleveland County joined the growing number of counties in Arkansas that The CALL is at home in.
In the heat of the summer
Right at the end of July, The CALL launched in Logan County.
One more county
February was a busy month for The CALL. On February 26 in Yell County The CALL launched and started the process of recruiting, training and supporting families who foster and adopt from the foster care system
Adding more adoptive homes in 2016
55 new adoptive homes that were recruited and trained by The CALL opened in 2016.