HAVANA, Ark. – According to DHS, there are more than 5,000 children in the foster care system and there are more than 1,600 foster homes.
One group in Yell County is creating a first of its kind home to help.
An old historic house in Western Yell County is getting a facelift and a second chance.
Charity Keener is the president of Restoration Conferences. She is working to renovate the former 1800s home for a new family.
“The foster family is excited, DCFS is excited, we’ve been working with DCSF since day 1,” Keener said. “This is a home where a foster family will move in rent-free and we’ll provide some wrap-around support.”
Six brothers and sisters will be brought together under one roof with a foster family.
“They currently have a portion for a group of siblings. The rest are out of the county a couple of hours away.”
This house is across the street from the Western Yell County School District. Keener hopes this will give the kids stability.
“Children in sibling groups often that’s all they have they can depend on,” Keener explains.
She says there is still a long way to go to get this house ready, “We need some builders to do just a little bit. There’s not a lot left to do, but enough that it’s overwhelming for just a few volunteers.”
DHS says it is aware of this program, but no licenses have been filed yet.
If you would like to learn more about the project and how you can help Restoration Conferences, click here.