Arkansas's Need for Diligent Recruitment of Foster Families
The State of Arkansas has an alarming deficit when it comes to foster homes. While more than 4,000 children are in State custody, there are only 2,900 beds in 1,200 licensed foster homes.
Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is working to safely reduce it's foster care population, but the need for quality licensed foster homes for the children in care is immediate. DCFS applied for the Diligent Recruitment funding opportunity to increase efforts to recruit and retain resource families in high-need communities.
Upon receiving the Diligent Recruitment grant, DCFS initiated Arkansas's Creating Connections for Children (ARCCC). ARCCC is a comprehensive, mutifaceted and community-based program developed from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Family to Family model. The four major initiatives of ARCCC include: