The CALL in Saline & Perry Counties celebrated 10 years of serving in our community with a ‘Family Reunion’ for families who have fostered or adopted from foster care, volunteers, and supporters. We enjoyed a meal of fried chicken or crawfish boil (from Riverside Grocery), green beans donated by Gina’s Catering, desserts from our local churches, soft drinks from Coca Cola, and water bottles from Big Red Stores.
Sack races, inflatables from Midtowne Church, face painting, baggo and other activities provided entertainment while parents visited & enjoyed a pleasant evening!
The CALL is thankful for the response to the foster care crisis in our community with:
632 Families attending Information Meetings to learn about foster care
272 Families completing the required training to foster or adopt
195 Families opening their homes to children in foster care
141 Children adopted into their forever families
Hundreds of children fostered by families recruited by The CALL
THANK YOU to our sponsors who made the event possible:
It’s National Foster Care Awareness Month and we want to celebrate our foster families! One of our families who love fostering teenagers is the Davault Family! David and Tiffany, along with their kids Andrew and Emily, know from great experience just how immensely the time in their home has affected the teenagers who have lived there.
“Our home was open approximately 3 1/2 years. Our desire was to foster teenagers; so during that time we had 6 teenagers placed in our home for and average of 253 days each. Our longest placement lasted 2 1/2 years and the shortest lasted only 7 hours! Teenagers are a wild ride, but it is exciting to see them achieve goals and to cheer them on.”
Fostering teenagers definitely has its unique challenges. But along with those unique challenges are unique joys! We have a HUGE need in Arkansas for homes to foster teenagers. Will you answer the call and open your home to one of the many teenagers in need?
We want to give a HUGE thank you to Fellowship Bible Church in Batesville for showing their appreciation and encouragement for foster and adoptive moms in Independence County! We, also, thank Rachael Sowers for coordinating the lovely day!
They hosted a beautiful Garden Party brunch along with gifts for past, present, and future foster and adoptive moms. What a blessing it is to have such supportive churches doing God’s work in our community.
It’s National Foster Care Awareness Month, and we want to celebrate our families! First up is the Emmerling Family!
Bryan and Stephanie opened their home in 2013 and have been blown away by how God has used fostering within their family. In Stephanie’s own words,
“Through our journey of fostering and adopting, God has blessed my family with 2 beautiful, smart, fun loving little girls. These girls have taught us how to love fiercely, forgive whole heartedly, and how to truly enjoy each and every day that God has blessed us with. Our family dynamics have changed so much since and each member of our family, extended as well, has welcomed the girls with open hearts and open arms. Its changed us all for the better.”
Foster homes, like the Emmerlings, can change the course of a child’s life. While we will never understand the full impact of a foster family, we want to celebrate that incredible impact anyway! Thank you Bryan and Stephanie for answering the CALL to open your home and for sharing your story!
Members of the leadership team for The CALL in Marion County pose in front of their CALL Mall. Pictured below are Front row (left to right) Karen Carter, Misty Duffy, Danielle Davenport, Edie Kate Hampton and Mr. Bobby Joe Ott. Back row Dianne Erickson, Rosie Davenport, Linda Ramos, Heather Kite, Gabe Ramos, Janice Triner and Tad Ott. The Mr and Mrs. Bobby Joe Ott and Tad Ott were instrumental in having this house donated to us for our use. Not present for the picture were Mrs. Bobby Joe Ott and team members Lindsay Davenport and Mina Benjamin. The CALL Mall was donated by the Main Street Church of Christ in Yellville and sits on their campus. We are grateful for their support of The CALL.