High Five: “Journey Home” Tour Focuses On Foster Care

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) - A faith - based organization in the River Valley is hoping to help the community better understand what life's like in foster care. This as the month of May marks Foster Care Awareness Month.

Families gathered to board a bus at Central Christian Church on Thursday (May 7) to take a tour so they can see through their eyes of a foster child and learn more about what their lives are like.

The faith - based organization named "The Call" is working to make the process a littlie easier.

The organization hosted a "Journey Home" event to help the potential foster care parents, and other people in the community understand what life's like through the eyes of a foster child.

"We bring people and stick them on a bus," said Tonya Storie with the "The Call." There not exactly sure where they're going but they are walking through that process."

"They have a rough life and they were taken from their home," said foster parent Chris Burres. Statisitics show roughly 750 children in both Sebastian and Crawford counties are in foster care and in need of a place to call home. "The problem is there's only about 90 foster care homes available between both counties. You can see with 750 and 90, there's no place for these kids to go," said Storie.

Foster care can also be scary on the other end as well. "It's a scary time and uncertain that these children often times don't know if they are being picked up from and where they're going from there," according to Storie.

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