UPDATE FROM THE CLEBURNE COUNTY COORDINATOR

I love it when I get to a CALL informational meeting and see new families arrive eager to learn more about foster and/or adoption! The meeting presents the basics of foster parenting and how to get started. Fortunately, we have a time limit or I would talk on into the night! However PRIDE, our foster parent training classes, are even more exciting! I join in on this group on their final day of training along with a panel of seasoned foster parents. This is when it really gets fun! The families are tired from the two full weekends of training, but they are also hungry. Their eyes have been opened to greater needs. Their hearts have been softened to the biological families involved. The misconceptions and fears of the children in foster care have being replaced with a greater understanding of the root of the behaviors and the need for healing homes. The seasoned foster parents come in laughing and joking about the highs and lows of foster parenting. They show the newbies that it doesn’t take a superhero to be a foster parent! Not one foster parent in the room had regretted stepping forward into OBEDIENCE. Instead they all say it is a JOY!

Come be a part of what God is doing to take care of his children. Our dream is to have more than enough homes for children in foster care, so that no child is waiting for a home. “Will you answer the CALL?”

AMAZING THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN CLEBURNE COUNTY!!

UPDATE FROM THE CLEBURNE COUNTY COORDINATOR
 
June was another month to celebrate what God is doing in Arkansas through the Church! June was National Reunification Month and we know that God is in the business of restoring families! He uses his people to help facilitate that restoration.
“Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”
Colossians 3:12-14 NLT
The second celebration was The CALL in Arkansas’ 10 Year Anniversary! In 10 years, 44 counties have become local affiliates, 1500 families have opened their homes, 800 adoptions have taken place, and over 10,000 kids lives have been changed! That is truly something to celebrate and give God the praise! Our community is growing in it’s awareness, compassion, and love everyday for hurting families.
  “You are the light of the world-like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
Matthew 5:14-16 NLT
JUMPING JUNE MEETING


Thank you to Foothills Bible Church in Quitman for hosting our June support and informational meeting and providing childcare and dinner for us. Thank you to Craig Gammon with Methodist Family Homes for coming to speak to us about integrating the teaching family model. We had a great meeting and can’t wait for next month!!

PRIDE training is being held in July for foster and adoptive parents that are currently in the certification process. This month we have 6 families from Cleburne County and 12 families total who are signed up to attend!! We will also be holding a CPR certification class this month for current and in-process foster and adoptive families.
WE LOVE ADOPTION DAY!!

This month, we got to celebrate not one but two families in Cleburne County as they adopted precious children into their families! We are so excited that these sweet little ones have joined their forever families!! Congratulations to the Riggs and the Wilkins families!
DID YOU KNOW??
Did you know we have a freezer available at the CALL house to store meals for our foster families? These meals come in handy when families receive new placements or have just had an overwhelming day. Cooking dinner is one less thing they have to worry about.
Does your church have a cooking ministry, small group, or Sundayschool that would be be willing to make ahead meals to donate to our families? Or do you have a gift for cooking? This is just another way to volunteer for the CALL.
Help us stock our freezer!

Two of our recent deliveries to the CALL house freezer….

Ryan and Amanda Bush and their family made a yummy delivery to the CALL freezer. How cute are these kids volunteering for the CALL as a family?!
This was a yummy delivery made to the CALL house freezer by Jan Mella at Holiday Hills Methodist Women. She made some delicious Chicken Pot Pie Braids. Yum!!
HOW THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTS THE CALL
 
 Thank you so much to Connection Church for putting on this wonderful car show and donating the proceeds to The CALL in Cleburne County. We know how much time goes into organizing and hosting an event like this!! Thank you to those who entered their cars and those who came out to join the fun!! It was a beautiful day for a car show! If you didn’t make it to the 1st Annual Connection Church Car Show Benefit, you definitely missed out!! We are so thankful to have such an awesome community who supports local foster care!

The Airport Roll, Run, and Fun Fest located at the Heber Springs Airport took place in June. Thank you to Arkansas Collision Specialists for sponsoring this event and donating the proceeds to The CALL!! Thank you to everyone who participated and worked hard to make this event happen!! We are so grateful to all of you!!

Thank you to 101.9 The Lake- KSUG and the entire community for the support and donation made to The CALL from the block party held to celebrate 101.9’s one year Birthday celebration!! We are grateful for your support!!!
HOW THE CALL SUPPORTS DCFS

We love to show our appreciation for our DCFS workers!! Every month, The CALL takes these hard-working people some fun gifts!! This is what our July basket looked like!! We LOVE our DCFS workers and appreciate all of their hard work.
Thank you Therese McFall for faithfully putting our baskets together. We can’t wait to see what she will come up with next month!!
THE CALL CELEBRATES 10 YEARS!!
The CALL celebrated their 10th Anniversary of recruiting, training, and supporting foster and adoptive families in the state of Arkansas. It was a fun day for all of the families in attendance with fishing, inflatables for the kids, and much more. It was great to celebrate 10 years of seeing how God has moved through the churches in Arkansas to care for foster children! With so much brokenness in the lives of these families and with the system, it was good to focus on the positives of what we do. The assignment God has given each of us in this is VERY meaningful.

EXCITING THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN CLEBURNE COUNTY!!

UPDATE FROM THE CLEBURNE COUNTY COORDINATOR

May was foster care awareness month and our town rallied around the movement!  It is a joy and a privilege to serve as a foster parent in this community. I also had the privilege of having placements in my home during this time. Being a foster parent is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging assignments God has ever given me. The sacrifice of time and energy, the emotional toll of entering into their hurt, and the anxiety of taking care of someone else’s child requires an enormous amount of support from family, friends, the church, and the community. All of this to say, that if you know a foster parent, reach out to them! They may act or look like they don’t need it, but they do! They are pouring it out and need to be poured in to.
If you feel the call to be a foster parent, don’t let the messiness deter you. There is no better community in the country to be a foster parent than in Cleburne County. God will provide all that you need if you give him your family for a child!
MAY DECLARED FOSTER CARE MONTH FOR CLEBURNE COUNTY
Monday, May 15th, 2017, Mayor Jimmy Clark, Cleburne County Judge Jerry Holmes, and Circuit Judge of the 16th Judicial District of Cleburne County Lee Harrod, met with Cleburne County DCFS workers, and The CALL to sign a proclamation officially declaring May to be Foster Care Month for Cleburne County. The proclamation was created in order to recognize the efforts of foster families, social workers, faith-based and community organizations, and others that are improving the lives of young people in foster care across our county and state.
“Being adopted myself, I have the most respect for people that step up to make a difference in a child’s life. I was honored to be with Judge Harrod and Mayor Clark signing a proclamation declaring May Foster Care month” said Judge Holmes. They hope to also raise awareness in our community about the growing crisis in the state’s foster care system with over 5,000 kids in care and half as many spots available for them in homes. The greatest need of every child in foster care is a safe, loving family where they can heal and grow.
Together, DCFS, The CALL, and our County Officials are hoping to inspire greater engagement of our community in supporting the care of our children in foster care. They are urging all citizens to come forward and do something positive that will help change the lives of children and youth in foster care.
THANK YOU!!
THANK YOU to all those that bought a flower to support our Birthday project!! As we wrap up the end of May, we are so overwhelmed with the support of our community and the love you all have shown for foster care and The CALL in Cleburne County. We also want to send a huge thank you to Ali Sugg at 101.9 The Lake-KSUG for helping us get the word out and promoting foster care awareness this month.
Even though foster care awareness month is coming to an end, it is still our hope to continue to spread awareness throughout our county. We pray that more Christian families will consider opening their homes so these children coming into foster care can stay in our county. We pray for volunteers and mentors to step up and use their gifts/talents to help these children and support our foster families. Remember there is always something you can do. We are all called to do something!
Please consider coming to our next Informational Meeting in June to learn how YOU can get involved!!
Jean Beisenstein dropped off a special delivery last month. Representing Daisy Patch Quilters, she dropped off these beautiful handmade quilts. Thank you to the ladies of Daisy Patch Quilters for using your gifts and talents of quilting and sewing to show love to foster care children in Cleburne County.
Thank you to our private donors that purchase bags for all of our foster children and pay for them to be monogrammed at Mimi’s. When they come into care, their belongings, if they have any, are usually packed into a trash bag, so it is very special to our children to have a bag of their very own.
We had a special delivery made to the CALL!! This is Thelma and Jan from Holiday Hills United Methodist Church dropping off several jars of jelly and jams. YUM!! Thank you ladies and Holiday Hills United Methodist Church for your donation!
Michelle Brown used her gift of extreme couponing to bless The CALL in Cleburne County last month. She also regularly uses her gift to bless other area non-profits.  What a great way to give back!! Thank you so much Michelle Brown!!
With her gift, we were able to create Spring Cleaning baskets for each one of our foster families. These Spring Cleaning baskets have tons of stuff in them that will make life a little easier for our foster moms and dads.
      Chastain Chapel youth group was our amazing delivery crew!! They drove these baskets all over the county delivering them to our families!! Awesome!!

Hope and a future

With over 5,000 children in foster care and less than 2,000 foster homes, Arkansas is in a crisis. Since 2014, the number of children in foster care has steadily increased. The State of Arkansas is scratching its head, trying to figure out what to do about the problem.

James 1:27 states, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.”

Since 2007, The CALL has gone into churches to challenge people to do one of two things: Foster or support those who are able to foster. Little by little, The CALL breaks down the barriers that have kept people from fostering for so long. Over the past 10 years, The CALL has answered the hard questions for numerous families. Once those questions were answered, many families were ready to start the foster care/adoption process.

The Bible tells us the church is the answer, so that is where The CALL starts. We go into churches and host recruitments. We share our hearts and the need for foster families and challenge people to support foster families. Then, it is up to the churches. We host an informational meeting for interested couples to hear more about becoming a foster or adoption family.

Potential families have to complete a massive amount of paperwork, 30 hours of training, CPR, and more in order to open up as a foster or adoption home. Without The CALL, these families would be left to navigate the process by themselves. Many families who do this on their own quit or take longer to open because of the lack of support. The CALL guides families through this process, answering any questions and helping iron out wrinkles.

Once a foster family is open, The CALL becomes a part of their village. The CALL Mall helps families with clothes, baby furniture, diapers, and other necessities at no cost. The CALL stays in touch with these families to ensure they have what they need physically, emotionally, and spiritually to be great foster parents.

In the past 10 years, The CALL has helped open over 1,161 foster homes and 369 adoption homes. Over 501 children have been adopted by families supported by The CALL.

When you become a foster parent or volunteer with The CALL or donate to The CALL, you are making a difference locally. You can see the fruits of your labor because the foster children you pour your life into will grow up to be contributing members of your community.
There is a great need for foster families, but we understand that not every is called or able to foster. Even if you cannot foster, there’s still something you can do. If it takes a village to raise a family, it takes an entire church to support a foster family. The CALL needs people willing to donate their time, talent, and resources to help us eliminate the crisis in Arkansas. Do you have an extra hour a week? Can you help out a few hours a month or maybe more? If so, check out the volunteer page to find out where you can get plugged in. The CALL has a place for you.

Can’t foster or volunteer? Donate. The CALL is a non-profit organization and we cannot do anything to support these families without the financial support of generous individuals and churches.

We are not all meant to do the same thing, but we are all supposed to do something.

Exciting things are happening in Cleburne County

UPDATE FROM THE CLEBURNE COUNTY COORDINATOR

We have families coming forward to become foster parents! Thank you churches for getting the word out about the needs of children in foster care in our community. We set prayer as our main focus this year and we are trusting God to bring families to us instead of stressing and worrying all the time. This is such a better plan!

Another area where we could tend to stress and strive over is in the area of finances, yet God continues to amaze us each month with a blessing we didn’t see coming. Because we recruit, train and support our foster families on donations and because all of our leaders are volunteers, community support is vital! We are very thankful to those who give in any capacity to help us find Christian homes eager to nurture hurting children.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month


MAGNIFICENT MARCH MEETING



WE NEED VOLUNTEERS…..
The CALL will have a booth at Springfest on April 29th and we are looking for a few volunteers to take a shift between 10 AM and 6 PM. If you are interested in helping work the booth, please contact Vangie at 501-206-9689.
The CALL display at Springfest

May is Foster Care Awareness Month and we need help with our Courthouse Lawn display. If you would like to be on the setup or breakdown crew, please contact us at 501-539-2776.
The CALL display on Courthouse lawn


Empowered to Connect Conference poster


SPECIAL GRANT PRESENTED TO THE CALL

Rotary Club presents grant to The CALL
On Wednesday, March 22nd, Anthony Galloway of The Rotary Club of Heber Springs paid a special visit to The CALL on North 4th Street. Representing the Rotary Club’s Special Grant Committee, Galloway toured the CALL’s facility and presented them with a “Lillian Swartz Pearce Grant”. The Rotary Grant Committee had determined unanimously that The CALL would be one of the local non-profit organizations to receive a portion of the funds recently bequeathed to the Rotary Club through the Estate of Lillian Swartz Pearce.

Walk for the Waiting banner
We have a team and you can be a part of it!! By clicking on the link below, you can join our team of walkers or you can donate to our team. All funds raised go to support The CALL, Immerse Arkansas and Project Zero as they work to find the right home for every waiting child in Arkansas. No more waiting!

Child abuse prevention rally