Fostering Hope: The adoption and foster care crisis in North Carolina

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UPDATE 04/11/2017 — The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina released new figures showing a jump of 10.4 percent in youth aging out of foster care in the state.

To help end the crisis CHS will host the annual A Place to Call Home banquets in Raleigh on April 27, Charlotte on May 11, and Greensboro on May 18. The featured speaker will be Steve Pemberton, mentally and physically abused for eleven years, aged out of foster care, and now a Fortune 500 executive with Walgreen’s. Pemberton will share his incredible story from despair to success, and the tremendous impact of small acts of kindness by other people in his life. For more information, https://www.chsnc.org/donate-today/a-place-to-call-home/

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —  North Carolina has over 10,000 children in foster care.  The alarming number and the spike in children without homes over the past five years have some calling it a state-wide crisis.

The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina says there has been a 25 percent increase in children in foster care and they are staying 15 percent longer.  It leads to about 500 children aging out of the system annually.

These children need a place where they will find love and support, sometimes temporarily and sometimes forever.

Brian Maness of Children’s Home Society says being in limbo “impacts their sense of identity and belonging in ways that have profound implications long-term for them.”

The Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina in Lake Waccamaw has been working to help kids for decades.  While they wait for reunification, foster care or adoption children there enjoy a lush campus, cottage-style living and a one-of-a-kind educational environment.   Over the years they have helped over 3,000 young people.

While everyone involved with these children agrees that reunification is the goal, it often doesn’t happen.  That is why there is a deep need for people to open their hearts and their homes.

Donna Yalch of Boys and Girls Home says “you are gonna change a child’s life and they’re gonna change yours.”

As for parents, they all agree with Shanette Cunningham who says “it’s such a blessing to know I was able to help someone else parent their children.”

If you can help these kids go to Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina or Children’s Home Society of North Carolina.