LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Local non-profit, "The Call" is bringing attention to the shortage of foster families to mark National Foster Care Awareness Month.

The Call recruits and helps families take in foster kids across the state. Here in Arkansas, 5,200 kids are in the foster system and there are only 1,700 open foster families to care for them.

The organization wants people interested in becoming a foster parent to come to an informational meeting on Monday night.

"It's incredibly important because there's a crisis shortage of families that are available for children who have been abused or neglected, have come into care. We want to raise awareness, but also at The Call, we shepherd families through the process,” said Mary Carol Pederson, co-founder of The Call.

That meeting is happening on Monday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church on Geyer Springs.

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