Children in North Carolina Foster Care Surpasses 11,000
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In May 2017, a steadily rising number of children in foster care in North Carolina broke the 11,000 mark, the highest level in 10 years and a nearly 28 percent increase over the last five years, according to the Children’s Home Society (CHS).
In response, CHS recently announced an aggressive four-year strategic plan that will allow it to double the number of adoptions completed and the number of children served by family finding and enhanced foster care to permanency programs. CHS will triple the number of children served by child specific recruitment, designed to find permanent homes for children who have been in foster care the longest.
Two members of the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina senior leadership team are being promoted and will assume added responsibilities as the agency undergoes this significant growth.
“Children’s Home Society has more than 100 years of experience in responding to the greatest needs of children and families, and we are poised to do more to help the growing number of children in crisis today,” says Brian Maness, president and CEO of CHS.
Rebecca Starnes, as vice president of programs and quality improvement, will be responsible for leadership of family education services and intensive services to preserve families, reunite children in foster care with extended relatives, and place the longest-waiting children in foster care with adoptive families.
Matt Anderson, as vice president of programs and business development, will lead foster care and adoption services, post-adoption services, public policy, governmental affairs, and grants management.
“The need is great for permanent, safe and loving families for children at risk in North Carolina. We are excited to take on this challenge with strong leadership,” Maness says.
CHS helps support more than 20,000 children and families annually through a diverse array of services including adoption, foster care, parenting education, teen pregnancy prevention and family preservation programs.
Source: Children’s Home Society (CHS).