Our history

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.

Partnership with churches

The CALL is about mobilizing and equipping the local church to be actively involved in helping solve the foster care crisis in their community. Any church, no matter how large or small, can now be involved in caring for children in foster care in the community.

Families that foster or adopt need encouragement and support. What better place to get that than from their local church?

For a church wanting to make a difference for children in foster care, The CALL provides a proven path to get involved. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Promote The CALL Info Meetings to your congregation
  • Host an Informational Meeting
  • Host a foster/adoptive parent training
  • Host foster/adoptive parerent support meetings
  • Provide support to foster/adoptive families in the congregation

Partnership with DCFS

The CALL works in close partnership with the Arkansas Department of Children and Family Services.

This allows us to provide a unique training experience for prospective foster and adoptive families through the entire certification process and beyond, ensuring that you are not left wondering what’s happening at any stage of the process.

Becoming a foster parent or adopting can be seem like a daunting process. We help demystify that journey and are with you every step of the way, from the first inquiry to when you have children placed in your home and for as long as you need.

Not enough homes

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.

More than enough homes

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.