Locations: Springdale and Bentonville
Phone: (S) 479-466-3901, (B) 479-206-0398
Mission: To educate, equip and encourage the Christian community to provide a future and a hope for the children in foster care.
About: An exciting Foster Care Church Initiative has rapidly emerged as churches are joining together with an unprecedented level of support from the top levels of leadership of the Arkansas DHHS Division of Children and Family Services. This Christian non-profit is named The C.A.L.L. Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime because of Gods call on the Church: Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress James 1:27.
Why did we form? There is a desperate need for more foster, adoptive and respite care homes for children in the Arkansas foster care system.For instance, there are about 7,000 children in foster care in Arkansas within a year, and there are only about 950 foster families available to care for those children! Plus, there are over 500 children and teens available for adoption through foster care in our state. Those numbers alone are an indication that this situation is in crisis. We must find more loving homes for these hurting children.
Vision: To have no waiting children in Arkansas foster care, but instead to have waiting, Christian families ready to take them in!
This is truly a God-sized vision. God is moving as things continue to fall into place quickly and barriers from the past have been overcome. It is nothing short of miraculous! It is obvious that He wants these hurting children cared for now. As Christian families responded to The C.A.L.L in Pulaski County, this model is now being applied in various counties statewide across Arkansas!
The C.A.L.L. is unique because it provides the opportunity for prospective foster, adoptive, and respite care parents to go through state-approved training WITHIN a church setting. They will have an automatic support group as they go through training with other Christians. Plus, The C.A.L.L. will walk them through every step in the process, easing the burden on these prospective foster and adoptive parents. We have a church liaison within the state agency who will help in making sure these homes are opened in a timely manner. Then, once they have invited a child into their home, The C.A.L.L. encourages support from their local church family.
Volunteer Opportunities: There are many opportunities to volunteer and help The C.A.L.L.
Volunteers are needed for:
- Church Recruitment Team
- Church Representative
- Prayer Team
- Hospitality Team
- Office Help
- Fundraising Team
- Phone Team
- CPR/First Aid Training Team
- Social Workers (MSW or LCSW)
- Support Services Team
- Support Group Facilitators