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This week, The CALL, a statewide non-profit organization that mobilizes local churches to serve children and youth placed in foster care, named Christen Butler as the new Executive Director.
Christen has served with The CALL as Financial Director for 5+ years in the Statewide Office. Her responsibilities included overall financial management, staffing, infrastructure, and financial reporting. After attending the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for her bachelor’s degree in accounting, Christen worked for 12 years in executive leadership at a nationwide pharmaceutical company as the Financial and Human Resources Director.
Ministry work has been a lifelong commitment of her family. Christen serves with the worship team and mentors youth at her local church. In addition, Christen’s family has served as a Resource Family Support System for many years. Together, their entire family builds bonds and relationships with the foster parents, children, and youth while they are in care and once reunified. Christen is married with two daughters and is a resident of Central Arkansas.
“I am incredibly humbled and honored to step into the role of Executive Director,” said Butler. “My passion is to see The CALL continue to excel as we serve our incredible families, partners, and community. Arkansas has proven to be a generous, mission-minded state leading the nation in foster care work. Together with our partners and the Christian community, we can meet our vision of “No Waiting Children” in foster care.”
The CALL is also celebrating this month, recognizing 15 years of service in Arkansas. As the organization reaches this important milestone, The CALL acknowledges the work and contributions of partners at the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Children & Family Services (DCFS), foster and adoptive families, and volunteers across the state.
The CALL began in Pulaski County in 2007 and became a statewide organization in 2010. The CALL has currently expanded operations into 62 counties in Arkansas. Since 2007, The CALL has opened more than 2,948 foster and adoptive homes. These homes have cared for more than 28,672 children and youth in foster care. The CALL currently operates 24 support centers across the state. In addition, families serving through The CALL have become forever families to more than 2,188 children and youth placed in their homes through adoption.