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Locals take steps for children waiting to be adopted

Arkansans "Walk for the Waiting," raising awareness for three non-profit organizations that are working to make a difference in the lives of waiting children. (KATV Photo)

There is an immediate need for additional foster families in Arkansas, with more than 500 children waiting to be adopted.

Saturday at War Memorial Stadium, families "Walked for the Waiting," raising awareness for three non-profit organizations that are working to make a difference every day in the lives of waiting children.

Those organizations are The Call, Immerse of Arkansas and Project Zero.

"All three benefit children in foster care and adopted families. They help recruit and get the word out of kids that are waiting and then, Immerse is for older kids that are aging out," said Dawn Bailey, who adopted her son, Chase.

Dawn and Chase both took part in the weekend walk, along with church members, family and friends.

"It's a good way for me to put myself into the community and help other kids that's been in my situation," Chase said.

Dawn said her family never intended to adopt, but they felt a connection to Chase after seeing a video of him.

"He was up for adoption two years ago and he had been in foster care for almost eight years. We just really felt the call to bring him into our family," she said.

Dawn's family contacted The Call program in Saline County and asked what they needed to do to adopt.

Later, they were able to meet Chase at a Disney Extravaganza, which is a Project Zero event.

Chase's adoption was finalized January 10 of 2017.

"I guess since I've got a stationary place, I kind of grew into the family and everything worked out the way it was supposed to," Chase told Channel 7.

If you would like to learn more about how you can help the organizations and Arkansas children, click here.



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