Unfound Families: Helping Foster Children in Arkansas

By Kaylyn Presley Hager

The views expressed in this post are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect views of the Journal, the William H. Bowen School of Law, or UA Little Rock.


Walking in downtown Little Rock, you encounter many types of need. You see people in need of shelter, hear people in need of food. But what about those we do not see?

Each year, over 7,000 children in Arkansas spend time in foster care. But most Arkansans never see these children hidden away in group homes, mental health facilities, and juvenile detention centers.  Many go from foster home to foster home until they age out of the system. Just because you do not see the pain of a child being removed from their home does not mean it does not exist, and it also does not mean that you cannot help.

I’ve designed the infographic below to highlight this hidden need, and some ways that we can mobilize to make things better. 

an infographic overview of foster children in Arkansas

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