We want to keep families together whenever possible. Our specialists travel into the community to teach skills that families need to keep children safely in their homes. Our one-on-one coaching helps struggling parents to prevent or minimize foster care placements of their children. As each household is stabilized, a child’s life brightens in real and measurable ways. Futures open up in unimagined directions.
In New Hanover County our Family Partners program pairs families new to the Child Protective Services system with parents who’ve already gone through the process and emerged stronger. When parents are investigated for abuse or neglect, the preferred goal is to preserve or reunite the family in a healthier, happier relationship. Families are referred by their CPS social worker and may be paired with a Family Partner from one to six months, depending on their needs. Participation in the program is voluntary.