Thousands of children in Western North Carolina are in need of safe, loving homes. And while innovative agencies and evolving state standards are making strides in improving the foster care system, the available resources can’t keep up with the growing numbers of children needing care.
North Carolina’s Department of Social Services turns to local nonprofit organizations for help. CARING for Children, a nonprofit with a 40-year track record, offers case management, residential group home care in Buncombe and Burke counties, a transitional group home for girls aging out of the system, Trinity Place (Western North Carolina’s only shelter for runaways), and outpatient counseling for both children and parents, says Director of Development Terri Bowman. Still, there is a shortage of available foster homes.
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