Every year, Arkansans come together to support children in foster care by participating in Walk for the Waiting. This annual event raises funds to recruit and train foster and adoptive families, as well as to support families and raise awareness of the need for adoption and fostering.
With COVID-19, though, Walk for the Waiting will look different this year. Because of the need for social distancing, the event will not be a massive walk with people gathered together. Instead, the organizers are encouraging everyone to walk in their own neighborhoods and to donate to support this cause.
The organizers are encouraging participants to walk in their neighborhood, donate, invite others to donate, and share their “Why I Walk” story on social media.
The walk will raise funding for Immerse, Project Zero and The CALL. The funding will help them to increase the number of foster families, finding adoptive homes and supporting young people in crisis.
The first $35,000 raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
Currently, there is a need for 2,500 foster families in Arkansas. There are more than 330 children and teens who are waiting to be adopted by a forever family in Arkansas.
Walk for the Waiting will be held May 2. Click here to learn more or donate.