Reaching Across The State
At the end of 2017, The CALL was mobilizing local churches in 46 Counties throughout Arkansas to love foster children with the extravagant love of Christ.
Another ten counties were in process to launch The CALL.
A Home Of My Own
We’re happy to report that in 2017, 162 children were adopted by families recruited by The CALL. For each child, and family, that’s an incredibly important milestone and gives them connection and belonging for this journey we call life.
Getting The Word Out
Throughout 2017, across Arkansas, The CALL held 127 information meetings with 907 families attending.
Child Abuse Awareness Month
April is recognized as Child Abuse Awareness Month. The CALL participated in a rally at the State Capitol to speak out against and highlight this crisis that affects those in our community least able to protect themselves.
Hands And Feet Of Jesus
“The Call is a wonderful, privately funded, Christian organization that serves Christian families and homes.
We are one of those homes. We became an open foster home (In Jan 2016) because of their cry for more Christian foster homes to be the hands and feet of Jesus. They assisted (partnering with DHS) in the process from start to finish of opening our home, and it couldn’t have been easier.
They also send out monthly newsletters with information regarding training opportunities, Call mall hours, events, etc. In the last year, the Call has opened hundreds of foster homes that probably never would have been opened had it not been for their efforts. Thank you!”
— Sarah, foster parent
In many ways, once a home is opened for foster or adoption, that’s when the real work starts. In 2017, The CALL held 149 support meetings throughout our counties to offer continuing education and encouragement to families that have answered The CALL.
Training New Trainers
In addition to training families to become foster or adoptive parents, The CALL also instructs new trainers to go out and educate those families in order to open more new homes. During 2017, we held three Train the Trainer events, with a total of 44 individuals fulfilling the requirements to become new trainers.
Ten years ago, The CALL started in one county in Arkansas. Since that time, it has grown by leaps and bounds. In 2017, we added two new counties, Howard and Marion.
These two counties will now benefit from the assistance The CALL provides in helping to recruit, train and support families in their county.
The CALL at CAFO
The Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) holds an annual summit that gathers participants from around the US and other countries. Parents and pastors, experts and organizations, leaders and servants. All come together to share and receive. The CALL again sent a team of state and county leadership, to share what God is doing in foster care and adoption in Arkansas, as well as learn from what is going on in other locations.
Meeting The Need For Temporary And Forever Homes
The need for new foster homes is always a priority. We’re excited that The CALL opened 223 new foster homes during 2017. We also opened 53 new adoptive homes during that time.
10th Anniversary: 2007-2017
In June, 2017, The CALL celebrated its 10th anniversary.
The CALL was started when a group of concerned people came together to pray in 2006 about what could be done for the many children in foster care in central Arkansas. At that point, the focus was on doing something to help kids in Pulaski County. The CALL officially launched in Pulaski County in 2007. Since that time, The CALL has continued to expand its ministry and mission across the state of Arkansas. The CALL is currently located in 46 counties around Arkansas.
The ten year anniversary was celebrated with a fishing day at MacArthur Park in Little Rock that featured fishing, games, and food for the whole family to enjoy.
Training And Onward
376 families completed their required training toward becoming foster or adoptive families. In all, 72 trainings, each spanning two weekends, were held around the state. That’s a 60% increase from the year before.
Support And Mobilize
“The CALL is an amazing organization that recruits, trains, and supports foster families. I was actually referred to them by a foster family who was trained directly through DHS but said it was easier to go through The CALL.
They offer support services to ALL foster families in Arkansas, and they mobilize the local churches to know how they can best support the foster families in their own parish communities. They have helped us with everything from paperwork to getting clothes for a new foster kid to linking us with people who can step in and help when we need another adult around.”
— Melissa, adoptive parent
Giving Tuesday Reasons For Giving
The CALL’s work is made possible in large part by donations from individuals. On Giving Tuesday, we asked some of those individuals why they give to The CALL.
Statewide Summit IX
The CALL 9th annual Statewide Summit took place in October. The theme this year was “Better Together.” Because just one person or one approach can’t solve the foster care crisis in Arkansas. It requires a large number of engaged people coming together to accomplish the goal of caring for children in foster care.
For two days The CALL staff, volunteers and DCFS staff from around the state gathered to connect, exchange experiences, and plan for the next year.
Hope Conference 2017
The CALL partnered with the Central Arkansas Orphan Coalition, and provided leadership and administrative support for HOPE Conference 2017.
This annual conference has become a vital resource for foster and adoptive families in Arkansas. In 2017, the HOPE Conference provided support and 15 hours of trauma-informed continuing education for approximately 500 foster and adoptive families from the entire state.
A New Look
Just in time for the 10th anniversary celebration, The CALL unveiled its new logo, along with a fresh, new website. The new branding is the result of intensive research with constituents and stakeholders working to ensure our mission and vision are communicated to all individuals and churches in Arkansas.
Mobilizing the Church in Arkansas to love foster children with the extravagant love of Christ.
The CALL held 3 leadership conferences, bringing county leadership teams from around the state together to focus on strategy, prayer and encouragement. These times also allow our local teams to connect with each other, as well as the statewide leadership team.