The CALL started in 2007 after a group of concerned individuals came together in prayer, looking for a way to provide for children in foster care in Pulaski County by working together with the Department of Children and Family Services. What started with one group, in one county, quickly spread to other counties.
In 2010, The CALL became a statewide organization and is now active in 44 counties around Arkansas. The goal is to eventually be active in all 75 counties in the state, so that whenever and wherever a child comes into foster care, that child will not have to be sent off to another county, but will find a welcoming foster home in their own community.
Families recruited by The CALL make up over half of all foster families in the state. Since 2007, these families have cared for over 10,000 children, and created forever families for over 800 children.
The CALL provides its services to families and churches at no cost, because cost should never be a barrier to foster care or adoption. The CALL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, funded by contributions from individual donors, churches, foundations and corporations.
Member of ECFA and CAFO.
We are compelled by God’s abundant love, and we exist to share that love and His unwavering hope with children in Arkansas foster care.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to
look after orphans and widows in their distress. . .
- James 1:27
When there are not enough foster homes in a county, a child coming into foster care will be sent to another county with an available foster home. A sibling group may be split up if a home that will take all of them can’t be located and may end up in different counties.
So not only was the child removed from a home situation, but now everything else changes too: new school, friends gone, all the familar landmarks gone. And the distance can make healing and reunification all that much harder.
Our vision in The CALL is to have more than enough foster homes available, so that when a child or sibling group needs foster care, the best home for that child or children can be found in their community.