September 26, 2018 – Greensboro, NC – Children’s Home Society of North Carolina (CHS) is pleased to announce the launch of two new online tools to improve the processes for licensing foster and adoptive families and for children being referred for placement by county Departments of Social Services (DSS).
“Today there are 11,360 children in foster care in North Carolina, a number that has grown 25 percent over the past five years,” said Matt Anderson, Vice President of Programs for CHS. “The number of foster homes available is not keeping up with the demand, and we are making every possible effort to best meet our children’s needs through better partnership with county DSS and expanding our network of families.”
This week, Children’s Home Society launched a customized platform that will significantly streamline the foster and adoptive parent application and licensing process. This will move licensing paperwork and process to an online, mobile-accessible, and user-friendly platform that allows the CHS specialist and the family to work together on materials from anywhere at any time. The goal is to improve the experience for foster and adoptive families.
Monday, October 1, Children’s Home Society will launch a customized platform for receiving referrals to place children with our licensed families. This new tool will allow CHS staff to easily maintain real time information about their families and to quickly query and match families with children. The goal is to simplify the work for staff so that they can make better, more timely matches between children and families.
These customized systems are developed by Binti, a new, innovative software company in San Francisco. Their mission is to build software for foster care agencies to help alleviate the shortage of foster parents so that every child can have a stable, loving home. CHS will be one of the first agencies in the country to use Binti.
“As we continue to grow, Children’s Home Society is committed to reducing the time, complexity, and redundancy of administrative work. Our goal is that Binti will free us up to spend more time doing what matters most – working with kids and families – so that we can offer the best possible Foster Care to Permanency program,” Anderson added.
Last year Children’s Home Society served nearly 18,000 North Carolina children and families in its mission to promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe, and loving family. This included providing a safe haven for more than 400 children with foster care families on any given day, giving 203 children a permanent family to call their own through adoption, and providing educational services to nearly 13,000 teens, parents, and professionals.
For more information on Children’s Home Society, becoming a foster or adoptive parent, volunteering, or providing financial support, please call 1-800-632-1400 or visit www.chsnc.org.
About Children’s Home Society of North Carolina
Children’s Home Society offers a network of services and support throughout North Carolina to help establish and sustain healthy, loving relationships in every family. For 116 years, Children’s Home Society has provided a broad spectrum of programs and services including adoption, foster care, parenting education, family preservation, teen pregnancy prevention, and family finding. Children’s Home Society believes in the importance of family, not only in the life of a child, but also in the foundation of a community. For more information, visit www.chsnc.org.