The CALL in Saline & Perry Counties launched in 2009, as a response to a crisis of more children in foster care than available homes to care for them. There are approximately 73 children in Saline County on any given day in foster care. All of them need loving, caring homes to live in. The CALL in Saline & Perry Counties partners with the Arkansas Department of Children & Family Services and local churches to recruit foster and adoptive families and support the families and children.
The CALL is located in a beautiful brick home which houses The CALL Closet, staff offices, training space for incoming foster & adoptive parents, and two birth family visitation rooms. The CALL operates with 4 staff and a large team of dedicated volunteers serving in The CALL Closet, as PRIDE trainers, on the Hospitality Team, Prayer Team, Advisory Board, Fundraising Team, as Donors and in many other roles.
To join in as a volunteer, foster or adoptive family please attend an information meeting for more details.
Staff serving The CALL in Saline & Perry Counties:
Julia DesCarpentrie, County CoordinatorJulia began advocating for the fatherless in 2004 when adopting her son and realizing the magnitude of the adoption crisis worldwide. After moving from Illinois to Arkansas to serve with Hope for Orphans and MomLife Today, she learned about the need for foster families and served on the advisory board to help launch The CALL in Saline & Perry Counties in 2009. Her family opened their home to children in foster care the same year. In February 2012 she accepted the position of County Coordinator.
Julia and Branden have been married over 20 years and enjoy hiking, worshiping and serving at Fellowship Bible Church in Benton, drinking coffee, and raising 5 beautiful children together. They became parents in 2000, adopted one son from China, adopted 2 children from foster care, and were foster parents for 4 years.
Taylor Brown, Family Support Coordinator
Taylor’s awareness of the need for foster families in Arkansas to love the vulnerable and hurting children and families in the foster care system took root in 2014. As she and her husband opened their home to these children the following year, a whole new and unexpected journey unfolded. Though a career as a CPA seems an unlikely path to working in the foster care arena, God used Taylor’s two and a half years as a foster mother and time spent serving as a trainer for incoming foster and adoptive families to grow in her a passion for loving these children and the families that pour into them. In early 2018, she joined our staff as the Family Support Coordinator for Saline & Perry Counties.
Taylor and Jared have been married for 8 years. As local business owners, they strive to be intentional with the free time they do have. They love to spend that time traveling, playing on the lake, and investing in relationships with friends and family.
Lacey Finnell, Office Administrator
Keri Huff, Perry County Church Recruitment Coordinator
Keri became aware of the crisis in her county during the adoption journey of her son in 2016. It quickly became apparent to her and her husband that Perry County was lacking in foster homes and was needing someone from the area to bring awareness. As a teacher, she has seen the effects of a child being removed from their home, school, and friends. In July 2018, she joined our staff as Church Partnership Coordinator for Perry County.
Keri and John have been married for 8 years and together they have 5 wonderful children. Keri has lived in Perry County her entire life and is an active member with her family at Houston Baptist Church. They are a competitive group and enjoy playing board games and watching their kids play sports. And even though the Razorbacks have had a rough season, they still enjoy being fans.