At PPBC, we believe it is the church’s responsibility–not the government’s or any agency’s–to answer the need of adopting and fostering kids who have no family. To that end, we have partnered with The CALL in Arkansas. The CALL’s mission is to educate, equip and encourage the Christian community to provide a future and a hope for the children in foster care.
Their goal is to have no waiting children in Arkansas foster care, but instead to have waiting, Christian families ready to take them in! Informational and training events are held regularly for any family prayerfully considering getting involved. And there’s more to do than just adopt/foster. If you are not in a position to do so, there are many other ways to help out. A few options are listed below.
ReMoved follows the emotional story of a young girl, removed from her home by child welfare services and placed in a foster home. It’s all seen through her eyes. The short film won Best Film and Audience Choice at the 168 Film Festival, as well as Best Film at the Enfoque Film Festival, and was an official selection at the Santa Barbara Independent Film Festival.
• There are over 7,000 children who are in foster care during the course of a year in AR with only about 1,200 available foster homes in the state.
• Statewide, 60% of children who come into foster care have to be placed out of county due to the shortage of homes in that county.
• Due to the shortage of foster homes, Arkansas is ranked #2 nationwide for the great number of moves our children make while in foster care.
• In Pulaski County, there are 1,100 children who are in foster care during the course of a year, and only 239 families to care for those children!
• In Arkansas, 1,000 more foster parents are needed to care for the children in our foster system. In Pulaski County, 150 more foster parents, especially those for teens and sibling groups, are needed to care for the children in foster care in our county.
• About 25,000 teens “age out” of foster care every year in America. About 200 teenagers “age out” of foster care every year in Arkansas.
• They may have NO home to go to. One in four will be incarcerated within the first two years after they leave the system. More than 20 percent will become homeless at some time after age 18. Approximately 58 percent had a high school degree at age 19, compared to 87 percent of a national comparison group of non-foster youth. Of youth who aged out of foster care and are older than 25, less than 3 percent earned their college degrees, compared with 28 percent of the general population.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
• Open your home & family to a child in foster care. There are about 750 children in foster care in Pulaski County and only 239 available foster families.
• Adopt a child from foster care. About 150 children in Pulaski County are waiting for a forever family.
• Provide respite care to foster families. Give a full-time foster parent a break overnight or for an entire week.
• Serve as an emergency foster home. These placements usually last between 24 hours to 30 days.
• Support a foster or adoptive family. Be a foster family’s “go-to” for a meal, encourage-ment, prayer, a few hours of babysitting.
• Perform Home Studies. Licensed social workers (LCSW) needed to perform one home study per month.
• Train CALL foster families. Are you a teaching or training profession? You can conduct our two-weekend monthly PRIDE trainings.
• Pray! God is working through his people to minister to these children.
• Spread the word. Hand out brochures to family and friends and direct people to The Call’s website.
• Support the Call financially. The CALL depends solely on the financial support of churches and individuals
• Volunteer. There are plenty of ways to plug-in.
• Become a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Work with the court and foster homes to be sure a child’s needs are being met. For more information, email Michelle Trulsrud.
• Donate to or volunteer at the Call Mall. The CALL Mall is where foster families can “shop” for items like clothing, toys, books, car seats, etc — at no cost. To donate or volunteer, contact Dana Thomas, CALL Mall Coordinator The body of Christ doing ministry. Watch this video of several PPBC families who have answered the CALL. Click this link for the full-length interview. FOR MORE INFORMATION The Call in Arkansas