A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home is Children’s Home Society’s largest fundraising event each year. Traditionally hundreds of CHS supporters gather in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Greensboro to hear first-hand how they can change lives and transform their own communities across the state through their support.

Due to COVID-19, we have made the hard decision to cancel our in person fundraising events this spring, which means we are now facing a potential $1M shortfall in the annual funds that support our children. These are the funds that help find safe, well-trained, caring foster homes for children in crisis, that provide the intensive, in-home support services to keep families intact and out of the system, and that provide quality education to parents and caregivers so that children can thrive. These are the funds that would find a forever family for our community’s most vulnerable children. You can keep these vital services going in this time of great need.

From our social workers and specialists, we know that CHS families are also feeling the pain of the pandemic. We need to care for them as they are caring for the children they are fostering. Therefore, we will direct 25% of your gift made through this website through the end of April 2020 to the CHS Family Relief Fund to help our children and families suffering from COVID-related economic hardships.

You can make a difference today!


Thank You for Believing in Families

Welcome to Day Five of “Staying at Home with Children’s Home Society of NC: Storytelling through different perspectives.”

Today is an exciting day!

We hope you will join us for LIVE events at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Since our founding in 1902, CHS has placed more than 16,000 children with nurturing adoptive families through our mission to promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe, and loving family. CHS found forever families for 214 children through adoption last year, and we continue in our commitment to ensuring that the children of North Carolina have permanent, safe, and loving families. We Believe in Families.

Staying at Home with Children’s Home Society of NC: Storytelling through different perspectives, a week-long virtual event, was created to allow us to bring the stories of families and children to you. Just like you, we’re concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic and our most vulnerable children and families are facing unique challenges and additional stress. CHS is here to support our children and families, and they need you, now more than ever.

10:00 – 10:30 am: Facebook Live

We are thrilled to announce that Allison Maxon, child and family therapist and consultant on the 2018 film Instant Family, will join us LIVE via Facebook from Southern California at 10:00 am ET. Matt Anderson, our Vice President of Programs, will join Allison in a meaningful and vibrant conversation about how the power of storytelling can change children’s lives.

Follow this link for the 10:00 – 10:30 am LIVE event >

1:00 – 1:30 pm: Facebook Live

Facebook LIVE conversation 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 true passion for them.

Follow this link for the 1:00 – 1:30pm LIVE event >

Also meet one of our adoptive parents, Lauren Imrich, as she shares how CHS helped guide her and her husband, Bob, through the adoption process which ultimately resulted in a loving and forever family for Ciera and Isaiah. CHS Placement Specialist Jessica Frisina introduces this story with insight into the process and importance of finding a permanent, safe, and loving families through adoption for children in the North Carolina foster care system.

Please consider making a gift today

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.

Please consider making a gift today and BE A HERO for these children who so desperately would like to find A Place to Call Home.

Thank you for joining us this week and we hope you have enjoyed hearing stories about healthy families, children in care, reunification and shared parenting, foster care, and adoption. You can watch and listen to these stories any time.

www.chsnc.org/APlaceToCallHome

 

Be safe and be well.

#alonetogether, #stayathome, #chs4families


The Power of Family Transforms Lives and Communities – Can You Help Us Today?

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-19 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.

Can you help today?

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.

Be safe and be well.
#alonetogether, #stayathome, #chs4families

Your gift is important to families


You Can Make a Difference in the life of a child – today!

Welcome to Day Three of “Staying at Home with Children’s Home Society of NC: Storytelling through different perspectives.

As we continue to navigate the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, our first thought is the safety and well-being of our families, children, and employees. At Children’s Home Society of NC (CHS), we provide families with the support and resources they need to be a forever family. In these unprecedented times, it is important we come together.

We believe in healthy families, which also means preventing children from ever entering the foster care system. How do we do this? We have a passionate and skilled team of professionals dedicated to working closely with families whose children are at imminent risk of removal from their family. Our Intensive Family Preservation (IFPS) specialists spend at least 10 hours per week doing one-on-one work with their families for 28 days to provide a deeper view of the family as a whole.

Today’s story highlights Taren, a former client who worked closely with CHS though our IFPS program. This story describes the concern and fear Taren faced when her children became at risk of out-of-home placement, and later the joy she felt when her children were no longer at risk. You will hear from CHS specialists Freddie Page and Renee Wilson who describe more in-depth about our IFPS work as a preventative measure to keep children from ever entering foster care. Sometimes, families just need some help and CHS is here – and your support can make a difference in the life of a child and a family.

99% of our IFPS families are still intact at case closure, and 94% remain together after one year.

Ready to help others like Taren?

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. Please consider making a gift today and BE A HERO for these children who so desperately would like to find A Place to Call Home.

A gift of $2,500 could enable a family in crisis to start over and a gift of $4,000 could keep a family together by providing education and counseling so that a child never enters the foster care system.

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.

Be safe and be well.
#alonetogether, #stayathome, #chs4families

Be A Hero Today

 


Thank You for Making a Difference!

Welcome to Day Two of “Staying at Home with Children’s Home Society of NC: Storytelling through different perspectives.”

There are more children in foster care in North Carolina than at any time in the recent past and that number will likely grow as vulnerable families suffer the many hardships COVID-19 may bring. Foster families and children in their care are facing unique challenges and additional stress due to the impact of coronavirus across the state.

As we continue to navigate this rapidly evolving situation, our first thought is the safety and well-being of our families, children, and employees. At Children’s Home Society of NC (CHS), we provide families with the support and resources they need to be a forever family. In these unprecedented times, it is important we come together.

On Tuesday, April 14, you will meet LaTosha Owens from CHS. LaTosha is one of our Senior Program Directors who leads a program that focuses on identifying a forever family for the longest waiting children in foster care. The program, which we call Child-Focused Recruitment, connects youth with extended family sharing genetic, legal, or social relationships, or an adoptive family that is uniquely suited for the youth. You will also hear from Keyonna, a vibrant 11-year-old whose dream is to be a veterinarian and a part of a loving family.

Last year, 695 children were served by our Child-Focused Recruitment program. The children served by this program are three times more likely to be adopted. In this unsettled time when family is so foundational, there are more children who are with families who are providing comfort, reassurance, and security because of Child-Focused Recruitment

Will you help Keyonna find a place to call home?

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. Please consider making a gift today and BE A HERO for these children who so desperately would like to find A Place to Call Home.

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.

Be safe and be well.

#alonetogether, #stayathome, #chs4families

Be A Hero Today


A message from our President and CEO, Brian Maness

Our communities’ most vulnerable children need your support.

Just like you, we’re concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our most vulnerable children and families are facing unique challenges and additional stress. CHS is here to support our children and families and we need you, now more than ever.

As we continue to navigate the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, our first thought is for the safety and well-being of our families, children, and employees. Hear a 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.

Our A Place to Call Home gatherings have been a vital source of support each year. Due to COVID-19, we had to make a hard decision to put our traditional fundraising events on hold this year, which means we are now facing a potential $1M shortfall in the annual funds that support our children and families.

In lieu of our A Place to Call Home luncheon series we invite you to join us this week as we host our virtual fundraiser “Staying at Home with Children’s Home Society of NC: Storytelling through different perspectives.”

Staying at Home with Children’s Home Society of NC: Storytelling through different perspectives is a week-long virtual event. You will hear daily highlights about our programs and how they make a difference in the lives of children and families.  You will hear from our dedicated team members and how their compassion, integrity, and innovation make a difference in the lives of children and families every day.  And you will hear from partners and clients about their connections to CHS.

On Friday, April 17, we have invited Allison Maxon, child and family therapist and consultant on the 2018 film Instant Family to join us LIVE via Facebook from Southern California. Allison will join us at 10 am ET via Facebook Live along with Matt Anderson, CHS Leader, to talk about the Power of Storytelling. At 12:00 pm ET, you will hear from Lauren Imrich who shares how CHS helped guide her through the foster care to adoption process which ultimately resulted in a loving and forever family.  At 1:00 pm ET Allison and Matt will lead a live and informal conversation about the making of the movie Instant Family.  We hope you will join us on our Facebook page.

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 this page now through the end of April 2020 will be directed to provide help for our CHS families who are suffering COVID-19 related economic hardships.

Please consider making a gift today and BE A HERO for these children who so desperately would like to find A Place to Call Home.

Thank you for joining us this week and we hope you enjoy hearing from our team members, program leaders, and guests, and thank you for all you do for CHS and your community.

Be safe and be well.

#AloneTogether, #StayAtHome, #CHS4Families

Be A Hero Today


What could your gift provide to children and families in need?

$6000 can cover the cost of one adoption from foster care. There are currently almost 12,000 children in North Carolina living in foster care. Children’s Home Society, as the largest foster care and adoption provider in the state, has found more caring and well-trained foster homes than any other agency for our state’s most vulnerable children.

$2500 can help keep a family in crisis stay together by providing intensive family services, education, and counseling. This preventive intervention keeps children out of the foster care system, saving the child trauma and the state millions of dollars. 

$1200 can cover the cost of licensing 10 new foster families—that’s 10 new safe and loving homes for children who need them. 

$500 can help deliver one session of our male responsibility program, Wise Guys, teaching health and decision-making to young men and helping to break the foster care cycle with an aim to decrease teen pregnancies and other high-risk behaviors.

$250 can provide two weeks of care in a safe, stable home with a foster family who has received training and support from CHS.

$120 can help a child through the adjustment period with a new family through trauma responsive therapy.

$60 can help deliver parenting education to a struggling parent.

$25 can provide a family taking in a child in foster care with a few immediate essentials like diapers and formula.

Your gifts go to the needs that our communities’ children have right now.

I want to help a child today!

Your investment in children and families will make a meaningful and life-changing impact for children and families throughout North Carolina.  If you need more information about how to make a gift or if you would like to arrange a pledge payment period for gifts over $6,000, please contact Celena Velez at cvelez@chsnc.org or 336-369-3812.


Corporate sponsorships

Corporations and small businesses are important partners in promoting every child’s right to a permanent, safe, and loving family. We are happy to recognize their valuable efforts and want to thank a few of our terrific sponsors here. If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, please contact Celena Velez at cvelez@chsnc.org or 336-369-3812.

Current sponsors:

Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
 

Bronze Sponsor
Gallagher
DEX Imaging
Patron Sponsors
Centerline Digital