Requirements for prospective foster/adoptive families

Foster and Adoptive families recruited by The CALL must meet the requirements set by the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services.  As a Christian organization, we believe that the Bible is absolute truth and everything we do and stand for is based on that foundation. Families we work alongside sign a statement of faith and provide a pastoral/church reference in order to proceed with the process.

Age
Foster parents must be between the ages of 21 to 65
There must be a minimum of 10-years age difference and no more than a 45-years age difference between the child and the adoptive applicant.

Marital Status
DCFS states that ANY couples may apply and must demonstrate a stable relationship and that single people may also apply.

*****The CALL only recruits Christian people willing to sign a statement of faith and adhere to Biblical principles. The CALL will only train couples who meet the Biblical definition of marriage (one man, one woman). The CALL gladly recruits and trains single people who maintain a Christian lifestyle. If you do not meet the specific qualifications for The CALL you can still go through the process working with DCFS.

Health Status
Members of the household must complete a physical examination.

Housing
Space must be adequate to promote health and safety.

Resources
Prospective families must have sufficient resources to meet the financial, medical, physical, educational, emotional, and shelter needs of the child without relying solely on state or federal financial assistance. All foster families receive a monthly board payment from DCFS which is intended to defray the cost of having a foster child placed in your home. Children in foster care receive medical benefits through Medicaid.

Background Checks
All members of the household age 18 years and older must be cleared through Arkansas Adult Maltreatment Central Registry, State Police criminal Record Check, and FBI Background Check.

In addition, All members of the household age 14 years and older must be cleared through the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry.

Other Requirements

  • Be a resident of Arkansas
  • Complete 30 hours of PRIDE training
  • Complete CPR/ First Aid certification
  • Meet Minimum Licensing Standards and DCFS Policy requirements