We appreciate you taking the first step in becoming more aware of the needs of children in foster care and the various opportunities for individuals and families in
addressing those needs. Children in foster care have experienced various types of trauma, such as physical and sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, and emotional injury.
Both foster and adoptive parents play critical roles in the lives of these children. Because of this important role, prospective foster and adoptive families must meet
certain criteria, including the following requirements:
Foster/Adoptive Parent Training
Backgrounds checks (FBI, State Criminal, Motor Vehicle, Central Registry)
Assessment of financial stability
In-depth home study
A few important things for you to know:
Because of the trauma these children have endured, the agency does not allow corporal punishment.
Foster parents will need to recognize the religious beliefs of the foster child and support them in exercising their religious beliefs.
The goal for all children who have been removed is reunification with their families.
Foster care is founded on the premise that all children have a right to a safe and supportive environment in which to grow. Foster care is designed to provide a safe,
stable, family-like placement and to provide a healthy home and community experience for the child while the conditions which caused the placement away
from their birth/legal family are resolved.
We recognize that fostering will not be the right choice for everyone; however, there are multiple ways to make a positive difference in the life of a child.
If you are not a CALL recruited family and need more information about the multiple avenues available to you, please feel free to contact our centralized inquiry unit at
DCFSInquiry.MailAccount@dhs.arkansas.gov or at 501-682-8990.
We hope to hear from you soon to answer any questions you have about the process/ways in which you and your family may make a difference. If you contact us after 4:30 p.m. CST,
weekends or holidays, please leave us a message, and we will get back with you the next business day.
If you are ready to learn more about fostering and adopting, please select the "Requirements" button below to read more about the child welfare system, review foster and adoptive family requirements in more details, and learn about the first step to becoming a foster and/or adoptive home.
Thanks again for your interest.