Duke Endowment Awards $1 Million Grant to Help Wake County Families
Part of funding will go to hiring four nurses to work alongside existing social workers
The Duke Endowment recently gave Wake County a $1 million grant to help provide support and services to at-risk families who live in the county. Officially accepted at the Aug. 19 Board of Commissioners meeting, the grant allows the county to hire four nurses to work alongside existing social workers to visit homes, and to recommend and coordinate needed resources for children at-risk of entering foster care. The grant provides the $1 million funding over the course of three years, with each year focusing on specific aspects of child welfare.
The nurses will review the medical and behavioral health records of children involved with the Human Services’ Child Welfare Division and work with families to help them understand the services their child needs. The nurses will also help reduce the waiting time to access services. Additionally, the nurses will attend home visits, plan meetings and appear in court to advise decision makers on hazards to infant/toddler safety, environmental impacts on chronic illnesses, behavioral health interventions, and more.
“We have a profound responsibility to ensure that children in Wake County are safe and living in stable homes,” says Wake County Board of Commissioners Chair Jessica Holmes. “I commend our team for always looking for new approaches and funding to provide children with permanency, and to help ensure that our most vulnerable families are as strong as possible. We’re very grateful for this grant and the opportunity to strengthen families.”
Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3.7 billion in grants. Learn more at wakegov.com.