The Power of Family Transforms Lives and Communities
Welcome to Day Four of “Staying at Home with Children’s Home Society of NC: Storytelling through different perspectives.” We hope you have enjoyed hearing stories about children in care, healthy families, and reunification.
More than 550 children are currently in the care of CHS foster families with the goal of a permanent family through reunification, guardianship with relatives, or adoption. 92% of children in our care experience only one foster care placement compared to the statewide average of 39%. As we continue to navigate the rapidly evolving COVID-10 situation, our first thought is the safety and well-being of our families, children, and employees. At CHS, we provide families with the support and resources they need at all times but especially during the more difficult times. The power of family transforms lives and communities.
Today’s story introduces CHS Placement Specialist Stephanie Robinson. Stephanie shares her perspective of the work she does in support of shared parenting and reunification and why this is so important for a child in foster care.
Each year thousands of children enter the foster care system in North Carolina. Many of these children will experience shared parenting from their foster care and biological families on their road to reunification. When foster parents and biological parents work together, our children benefit, and this changes the trajectory of their entire life.
We also know some of our CHS families need extra help right now. And, that is why we have created the CHS Family Relief Fund. 25% of all gifts made via chsnc.org/APlaceToCallHome through the end of April 2020 will be directed to provide help for our CHS families who are suffering COVID-19 related economic hardships.
A gift of $1,200 could provide support for a child in CHS foster care for two months.
Tune in tomorrow at 10:00 am ET for our Facebook LIVE event featuring Allison Maxon, child and family therapist and consultant on the 2018 film Instant Family. Allison will join us live from Southern California for a meaningful and vibrant discussion of how storytelling can change children’s lives with Matt Anderson, CHS Vice President of Programs. At noon, you can hear a story of a family coming together from one of our parents, Lauren Imrich. Join us again at 1:00 pm ET for another Facebook live event with Allison, Matt, and special guest Sean Anders, director of Instant Family and adoptive parent, to discuss how and why this movie was made and why it is such a passion for them.
Thank you for joining us this week and we hope you enjoy hearing from our team members, program leaders, clients, and partners, and thank you for all you do for CHS and your community. (same question with this sentence for media)
Be safe and be well.
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P.S. If you missed our earlier video message from our President and CEO Brian Maness as he shares his perspective on the current environment and why in these unprecedented times, it is important that we come together.
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