Children’s Home Society of NC is pleased to announce the promotion of Matt Anderson to Vice President of Strategic Advancement. Anderson was previously Senior Director of Business Development and Advocacy for CHS. In his new role he will continue to lead the Business Development and Advocacy team, which is responsible for managing governmental affairs, external business relationships, and expanding the impact of CHS’ programs and services. He will also co-lead the implementation of a new four-year strategic business plan.
“Children’s Home Society is very fortunate to have Matt as a part of our leadership team where his talents and expertise can have an even greater impact on helping children and families in our state. I am very excited about the role Matt will have in support of our mission to promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe, and loving family,” said Brian Maness, President and CEO of Children’s Home Society.
“I was originally drawn to Children’s Home Society because of its focus on permanency for all children and its fundamental belief in the power of families,” Anderson said. “I remain committed to Children’s Home Society and our mission because of the talented people I work with, our pursuit of excellence, and the impact we have on the lives of children and families across North Carolina.”
Anderson joined CHS in 2011. He led the effort to partner with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Social Services to work with the NC General Assembly to develop strategies for older youth in foster care who are at risk of aging out of foster care without a permanent family. The result of this work was the Permanency Innovation Initiative and statewide expansion of the Family Finding and Child Specific Adoption Recruitment programs, as well as professional training and parent education.
Anderson completed his Masters of Social Work degree at the University of Montana and began his career in child welfare as a case manager working with youth aging out of foster care. This experience left a profound impact on him and has shaped his passion as a social worker and the direction of his career.
Anderson went on to produce the feature documentary From Place to Place, which tells the story of life after foster care for youth who have aged out and highlights the importance of family. From Place to Place won the National Association of Social Workers 2012 Media Award and has been screened in all 50 states and Canada.
“Matt’s background and success in business development, advocacy, and governmental affairs will be great assets as he begins this new role,” Maness added.
CHS helps support more than 20,000 children and families annually through a diverse array of services including adoption, foster care, parenting education, teen pregnancy prevention, and family preservation programs.