Hope and a future

Closeup of girl's face, showing eye, nose and hair in profile

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.

The CALL in Ouachita County is moving!

The CALL in Ouachita County has been around for awhile, but we are currently growing and moving!

Currently in Ouachita County we have 4 active foster homes, that is simply not enough to care for the children we have in care (27). The CALL in Ouachita County is working to recruit, train, and support foster families from the Christian community. We know that that is only possible if we can motivate the churches first! We are currently looking for churches that would like for us to help them fulfill their mission to care for the fatherless. We CAN do that, right here in our own back yard!

How can your congregation help? We need host for monthly support groups, training session, informational meeting, Sunday morning highlighting our mission, small groups that are willing to work with foster parents, and children’s bible classes that would like to help! There is something for all ages. Are you interested in being more involved but know you can not foster or adopt right now? We have key volunteer position open right now. We need Church Reps, a County Coordinator, a financial Coordinator, and many others. Contact us today!

The CALL in Ouachita County

The James family adoption finalization

Welcome to The CALL of Ouachita County!

If you are visiting this page then you are likely to have an interest in fostering, adopting, or volunteering for The CALL. You maybe thinking you are unqualified to make a difference and are apprehensive. If so then you most likely are who we are looking for.

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called!

We are the James Family.

Everyday children enter foster care. The reality is that the number of children in care outnumber foster homes drastically. Our Goal is to empower and support those that are willing to take on this challenge and provide children the love, support, and structure they need.

We believe that there are families out there that are called to foster and adopt but they are fearful to take on such a daunting task. Not everyone is called to foster or adopt but God commands us to take care of the fatherless. Through the CALL we offer Christian individuals a way to get involved and support foster families in our community. If you have a passion to help children in need then we would love to work with you to become an open foster home.

My wife and I adopted in June 2015. We understand the fear and apprehension of taking the plunge into the foster care system. Though we have been met with challenges we have been blessed with three beautiful brilliant kids. We are dedicated in supporting you any way we can with taking on this challenge to meet the needs of the foster children in our county.

Help us reverse the tide and change the status quo.

Our Goal is to have no waiting children in Ouachita County but empty foster homes ready and willing to take them in.