These Children deserve loving, safe homes. You can help.


Current Statistics & Ratio of Beds to Children

The children in our area need your help more than ever. 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. These statistics show that there just aren't enough places for them to go. If you are considering becoming a foster parent, thank you. You will make a great difference in the lives of these children.

Crawford County

Children: 112

Homes: 60

Beds: 128

Ratio: 1.14

Franklin County

Children: 46

Homes: 12

Beds: 32

Ratio: 0.70

Johnson County

Children: 52

Homes: 14

Beds: 31

Ratio: 0.60

Logan County

Children: 55

Homes: 7

Beds: 20

Ratio: 0.36

Scott County

Children: 31

Homes: 4

Beds: 7

Ratio: 0.23

Sebastian County

Children: 588

Homes: 82

Beds: 174

Ratio: 0.30

Yell County

Children: 37

Homes: 3

Beds: 8

Ratio: 0.22

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: 

  1. Community Outreach & Development
  2. Recruitment for Targeted Populations
  3. Child Specific Recruitment
  4. Retention & Support of Resource Families
Area 2 Foster Care

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Division of Children & Families

616 Garrison Avenue

Fort Smith, AR 72901

Phone: 479-629-7898

Fax: 479-782-6861

Email: john.anderson@dhs.arkansas.gov

This Diligent Recruitment project/program is funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under a Cooperative Agreement, Grant Number 90CO1108-02-00. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Children’s Bureau, Administration of Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.