Back to school

When the calendar flips to August, it means one thing: Back to School! Parents begin shopping for school clothes and new shoes, scavenging for pencils, notebooks, backpacks, calculators and all other things school. At The CALL, we know the heart breaking fact that “back to school” means new children coming into foster care. We know the real need for more foster homes to provide a safe place for these children who must leave all they know, at no fault of their own.  We meet with families all year long who are interested in fostering. At this time, we specifically need homes that are willing to accept school age children. Families that have room for more than one child make dreams come true when they accept siblings. As you can imagine, it is a great day when children can stay together with their brothers and sisters.

If your family is open to learning more about foster care, to help provide that future and hope to kids in foster care in Arkansas, please attend an Informational Meeting. Check our event page to find the date and location of the next opportunity to learn the next steps. Register to attend. You have nothing to lose, a lot to gain and oh, so much more to give!

Our Mission

To educate, equip and encourage the Christian community to provide a future and a hope for children in foster care in Arkansas. 

Back to School

Back To School!

When the calendar flips to August, it means one thing: Back to School! Parents begin shopping for school clothes and new shoes, scavenging for pencils, notebooks, backpacks, calculators and all other things school. At The CALL, we know the heart breaking fact that “back to school” means new children coming into foster care. We know the real need for more foster homes to provide a safe place for these children who must leave all they know, at no fault of their own.  We meet with families all year long who are interested in fostering. At this time, we specifically need homes that are willing to accept school age children. Families that have room for more than one child make dreams come true when they accept siblings. As you can imagine, it is a great day when children can stay together with their brothers and sisters.

If your family is open to learning more about foster care, to help provide that future and hope to kids in foster care in Arkansas, please attend an Informational Meeting. Check our event page to find the date and location of the next opportunity to learn the next steps. Register to attend. You have nothing to lose, a lot to gain and oh, so much more to give!

Our Mission

To educate, equip and encourage the Christian community to provide a future and a hope for children in foster care in Arkansas. 

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.