Governor Hutchinson issued an additional statement below following the dedication:
“In November alone, there have been more than 50 foster family homes opened, which brings our statewide total to 1,385. Small things matter, and as a state, we are heading in the right direction. It is up to us to help our children start their lives on the right track, and I want to do everything possible to ensure we are providing them with every opportunity for success.”
Since Governor Hutchinson’s Faith-Based Summit – a two-day conference held in Little Rock this past August – Arkansas has made substantial gains in key areas, including:
- 109 new foster homes - In November alone, 50 foster family homes opened, bringing the statewide total to 1,385.
- 232 new beds
- Eliminated the backlog in contacting interested foster care applicants (more than 1,200 applications)
- Since August, DCFS has sent 394 In Home Consults to the field (First stage in the foster home licensing process) - At the end of October, 136 homes were on the wait list to begin training, which – for many – began November 5.
- For the first time, an Applicant Tracking log has been developed and implemented which allows the agency to track where applicants are in the foster home process
- For the first time, Foster/Adoptive/Foster & Adoptive Inquiry Queues have been developed which will allow the agency to know how many inquiries are coming in on a daily basis.
- Agape House - Opened family style group homes for children.
- Fort Smith Children’s Shelter – Bought an apartment complex which will be used to house youth who are transitioning to adulthood.
- Maggie’s House – Opened an emergency shelter.
- C4K – Expanded coverage beyond Craighead County
- Arkansas Baptist – Recruited volunteers and will start training foster parents
For the latest updates on this ongoing commitment to the children of Arkansas, please visit the Arkansas Child Welfare – Improving Outcomes for Children and Families page on the Governor’s website.
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