There are more children in foster care in North Carolina than any time in the recent past. In 2014, more than 5,000 children experienced their first placement in foster care and more than 14,000 children in total were in foster care. The first priority is to keep these children safely with their family whenever possible. Our program works with families whose children are at imminent risk of removal with the goal to prevent placement in foster care.
Children’s Home Society uses the Strengthening Families Model, a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It delivers strength-based, family centered services that empower, prepare, and equip families to safely care for their children. The service focuses on the family’s specific needs, the safety of the child, and parental resilience.
CHS’s programs are delivered to families by highly skilled specialists with small caseloads. Each specialist serves just two families at a time and spends a minimum of 40 hours over a 28 day period with each family. This allows our specialists to focus on the unique needs of each family and provide timely, attentive and tailored support.
We currently have Family Preservation Services in the following counties:
Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Johnston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Nash, Stanly, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, Watauga, Wayne, Wilkes, Wilson