July 28, 2014
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Local non-profit seeks adoptive and foster parents


     THE CALL is an Arkansas non-profit organization dedicated to providing foster and adoptive homes for the over 1,300 children currently in state care, including 44 in Baxter County.   These children, from infants through the age of 18, enter the foster care system due to neglect or abuse in the home.   THE CALL, which stands for Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime, works with the Division of Children and Family Services to find foster and adoptive home for children across the state.   In a previous segment of this series, Tenille Rauls, Baxter County Coordinator for THE CALL spoke of the shortage of foster homes for these children.   In this segment Rauls addresses how local residents can support the work of THE CALL.
     According to Rauls, THE CALL recruits, trains and encourages foster and adoptive parents.   She says anyone with a loving home and a heart for children between the ages of 21 and 65 years of age, who is single or married can become a foster or adoptive parent.
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     While the goal of the foster care system is to reunite the children with their parents, it is in the child's best interest to be adopted.   Currently there are over 500 children in the state foster care system waiting for adoption, according to Rauls.
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     For those unable to foster or adopt a child, there are ways to support the work of THE CALL.
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     A faith based organization, the work of THE CALL is done through local churches.
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     THE CALL exists in 26 Arkansas Counties including Baxter and Boone, but needs to expand into other counties, including Marion, according to Rauls.
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     Tennille Rauls, Baxter County Coordinator for THE CALL.   THE CALL has been Our Community Care Project sponsored by Advance Autobody, H&R Block, Ozark Surgical Group and KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot.   To learn more about THE CALL, visit ktlo.com.

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