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!
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!!
Two of our recent deliveries to the CALL house freezer….
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!!
UPDATE FROM THE CLEBURNE COUNTY COORDINATOR
Please consider coming to our next Informational Meeting in June to learn how YOU can get involved!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
SPECIAL GRANT PRESENTED 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.
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!