Children and families in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Stanly and Union Counties have support from two of NC’s leading agencies – The Leon Levine Foundation and Children’s Home Society of North Carolina (CHS). The Levine Foundation Board approved a $100,000 grant to CHS to support child welfare and education work of the agency in seven counties.
This grant comes at a time this region continues to have the highest need in the state based on number of children referred from the Department of Social Services. Children’s Home Society has a long history of success working with families and a steadfast commitment to the complex needs of children and families. In Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, CHS has several unique programs including the nationally-recognized male responsibility education program, Wise Guys, and Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS), where families work closely with specialists to prevent children from entering foster care. IFPS has a 99% success rate of families remaining together.
“The Leon Levine Foundation is doing extraordinary work and providing invaluable resources throughout the community. This is the second grant we have received from the Foundation in the past two years. Their continued generosity will allow our agency to provide vital adoption, foster care and related services for children who desperately need to be placed in safe and loving homes,” said Brian Maness, President & CEO of Children’s Home Society.
“We are pleased to support Children’s Home Society which is dedicated to providing critical services to children in our community, and continue to be impressed with their focus on meaningful outcomes,” stated Tom Lawrence, Executive Director of The Leon Levine Foundation.
Founded by entrepreneur and businessman Leon Levine, the Leon Levine Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to improving the human condition in the areas of education, healthcare and human services. The foundation seeks to create permanent, measureable, life-changing impact by investing in organizations with highly effective leadership, a track record of success and a focus on sustainability.
With its mission to promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe and loving family, CHS supports 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. More than 4,500 children and families were served in the Charlotte area last year.