LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – There’s a foster care crisis in Arkansas. Last year, nearly 4,400 children were in the state’s care.
During the COVID season, more children have gone into the system; at the same time, some foster parents closed their doors for health and safety reasons.
The need to fill the void now so great that Governor Asa Hutchinson addressed the issue Friday.
Volunteers with the non-profit group The Call gathered for a pep talk from the governor.
“Stay in there, recruit others, encourage others and that’s how you make a difference not just for one generation, but for many different generations,” said Gov. Hutchinson.
Hutchinson thanked the foster care parents and volunteers for their service during an especially challenging year.
“During the season of COVID, we’ve seen an additional number of children who have come into care and they’re stressing the system,’ said Lauri Currier, Executive Director of The Call…