While December is best known for its connection to the holiday season, it's also National Foster Care Awareness Month. The CALL of Arkansas started nearly 11 years ago as a Christian organization recruiting, training and supporting foster families, and the Baxter County office is one of 46 around the state.
The CALL works with the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services in partnering a faith-based organization and a government agency to meet the needs of children in foster care. County coordinator Sandy LaBahn says there are nearly 50 children in Baxter County supported by the organization.
LaBahn says The CALL works to find foster families for children in need, but they have other means of support as well.
The CALL in Baxter County periodically holds information meetings to provide residents a first step in learning about the foster care crisis in Mountain Home, churches' response to the crisis and what can be done on an individual level for children in foster care. Information on upcoming meetings may be found by looking for The CALL of Baxter County on Facebook.
LaBahn adds they also continue to look to the local community for donations.
More information may be found by calling 870-424-4211 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month, Our Community Cares sponsored by Integrity First Bank, Baxter Regional Medical Center, Danny Porter of Century 21 LeMac Realty, Advanced Auto Body, West Plains Bank and Trust, Nachtigal and Nachtigal MD General and Vascular Surgery, KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot highlight the work of The CALL of Baxter County. Learn more at ktlo.com.
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