GREENSBORO, N.C., May 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — North Carolina is facing a foster care crisis in that there are more than 12,000 children in care with only 5,000 licensed foster homes. Post-pandemic, the state saw a 23 percent decline in the number of foster homes from 2021 to 2022.
On Tuesday, May 23, Children’s Home Society of NC (CHS) will launch a one-day fundraising campaign spotlighting this decrease in the number of foster homes to raise vital funds to increase awareness of the need and support CHS’s work with foster families.
On this 23rd day of May, during National Foster Care Month, contributions of $23, $230 or $2,300 can be made to help CHS recruit, train, and support foster families as they open their homes and hearts to children in need of foster care, while they await reunification, guardianship with relatives, or adoption.
“This dramatic decline in available foster parents means that children, who have already been through great trauma, are spending their nights in DSS offices, hospitals, and shelters as social workers scramble to find them safe, nurturing homes where they can be cared for and begin to heal,” said Kristen Brown Smalley, CHS Vice President of Philanthropy. “We are raising awareness of this crisis because we know that anyone who is a parent, grandparent, or who has loved a child, would want better for our community’s most vulnerable children.”
The awareness effort is designed to create understanding of the jarring number of children across the state who need transitional care and to give insight into the rewards of fostering, not only for the child, but for the foster parents.
The rewards extend to the foster parents and families of origin as well. Families of origin are often able to overcome challenging times and reunite with their children when foster parents participate in shared parenting and support reunification. About half of children in foster care are reunified with their families – most often within two years. CHS is committed to supporting these families and children throughout their foster care journey.
Children’s Home Society is dedicated to providing top-quality, evidence-based programs and services to children and families throughout North Carolina. Our education and child welfare staff provided services to more than 20,000 individuals last year, educating and preserving families, supporting children and families through transitions, and creating new families.
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 120 years, Children’s Home Society has provided a broad spectrum of programs and services including adoption, foster care, parenting education, family preservation, and teen responsibility. 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.
SOURCE Children’s Home Society of NC
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