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Pulaski County Foster Parent's Association:

The Pulaski County Foster Parent's Association meets the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Moody Chapel, AME Church, 5630 Mablevale Pike, Little Rock, AR., 72209  Click here for a map.  Each meeting you attend counts as two hours towards your yearly 15-hour training requirement for foster parents (be sure to get your certificate after each meeting that you attend).

Current officers and directors of the Pulaski County Foster Parent's Association are:

News and Events:

In our monthly meeting of July 13, 2009, we had Representative Barry Hyde of District 40, and Cecile Blucker, Director of DCFS, that came to talk with us and address some of the issues that we had.  After a dozen years or so, the foster parents finally got a board rate increase of 3.6% starting July 1 approved by the legislature.  We also decided to set up a web site (www.cakid.org) with tips, pointers, and references for the foster parents of Arkansas and anyone else who could use this information.

A little over two weeks after our July monthly meeting, we rolled out our www.cakid.org web site, aimed at recruiting and informing foster parents and adoptive parents, as well as being a resource for them, along with the DCFS case workers and other State of Arkansas agencies and officials.  The press release that we sent to the local and state news organizations and city officials on July 30, 2009, introducing our new www.cakid.org web site can be seen here.  On the KARN News Radio "Ask The Governor" segment on Friday morning, August 7, 2009, Governor Mike Beebe discussed recruitment of new foster parents, as well as complimenting our www.cakid.org web site.  We have also received several e-mails from DCFS staff, state officials, other foster parent organizations,  and foster parents themselves, praising our new web site.

On Thursday night, August 6, 2009, Director Blucker of DCFS attended the Leander Neighborhood Association meeting with Little Rock City Director Doris Wright and other city officials, and discussed foster parenting, the difference between emergency foster homes and emergency foster shelters, limitations on the number of foster children in a household, and other foster parent topics, in response to some of the residents' concerns about the Rea's (Steve and Nancy) building an addition onto their house and installing playground equipment in their yard.

Here is a speech given by Mary Jones on Foster Care given on August 7, 2009, to the High Noon Toastmasters Club in Little Rock (around 6 minutes).

Our annual picnic pot-luck was held on August 8 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Benny Craig Park at 4620 Gum Springs Road in Little Rock.  Our kids lined up to get their free school supplies, each taking home a bag of notebook paper, pencils, writing tablets, and lots more.  Then, we had burgers and hot dogs, with Mr. Davis manning the grill, and great fellowship, followed by basketball and water fights, while our "2009 Annual Foster Parent's Picnic" sign waived at us in the wind.  A reporter from FOX Channel 16 had said that she would show up and cover our picnic, but she didn't make it for some reason.

Below are the minutes by Tracey Jeffries of our monthly meeting held August 10, 2009:

There are numerous consignment sales going on in the central Arkansas area, where you will find great bargains on children's clothes, toys, furniture, and other items.  You need to get there early to have the best selection.  Also, try to come back on the last day of the sale, when prices are slashed, usually in half.  Click here to see a list of consignment sales that we know about that will take place in the next few months.  Should you know of any other consignment sales in the area, please email that information to Nancy Rea <nancy1rea@gmail.com> and we will add them to our list.


 

One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had, nor what my clothes were like, but that the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.


The beautiful pictures on cakid.org are graciously used by permission and copyrighted by Darrel Tank at www.darreltank.com.  These and more may be seen at http://www.cakid.org/Darrel_Tank/thumb.html.  Thank you, Darrel, for your contribution to the foster parents of Arkansas.  We thank you, and our kids thank you!


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All information, forms, manuals, and other material on this web site are freely available to all
foster parents (in any role), potential adoptive parents, DCFS staff, CASA workers, guardian ad litem's,
county judges, legislators, and any other state officials or state employees that may need it.


The webmaster who maintains this web site (Stephen Rea, a foster parent) can be reached at srea1957@maristream.com.
Please let me know if you have any other resources or information for foster parents that we can post here.
Your contributions would be greatly appreciated by us and the other foster parents across the state!

Dedicated to Olivia