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Answering the Call

This year, more than 7,000 children will spend time in foster care. More than 500 children are waiting to be adopted. The greatest need of every child in foster care is a safe, loving family where they can heal and grow.

Children are placed in emergency shelters, group homes or residential facilities. Siblings are often separated because there is not a home available to take them as a group. Nearly half of all children who enter foster care must be placed outside their home county because there is no room closer to home. Out-of-county placements create the need for children to be transported to their home county for staffings, family visits, and court appearances. Extended travel time leads to further disruptions in the child’s life – like missing school. It also consumes DCFS staff time.

"I wanted to create a piece that showed the hope of a child finding a loving home. They would be walking towards a door that was opening full of light. Doing a watercolor I wanted to have bright and vibrant colors that set an uplifting mood. Placing "Answering the Call" is the response that we are responsible for. We shouldn't ignore the orphan and welcome them however we can into our home and lives." -Samuel

Having a pool of available foster and adoptive families in every county in Arkansas would go a long way toward solving the problem. The CALL is mobilizing Christians from multiple denominations and churches in local communities around Arkansas to meet the needs of local children in foster care. Recruiting families is our priority, however, we know that not every Christian is called to foster or adopt. The CALL works with local churches to assemble a support team of volunteers to wrap around their foster and adoptive families. We also try to connect churches with other opportunities to serve children in foster care.

To learn more about The CALL you can go to there website here: http://thecallinarkansas.org/

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