The CALL started in 2007 after a group of concerned individuals came together 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.
The county coordinator for The CALL in SE AR is Deborah West.
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