SaySo welcomes new program coordinator

SaySo welcomes Cherie Watlington as the new SaySo Program Coordinator. Cherie grew up in North Carolina. After graduating from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T) with a Bachelor in Social Work, she attended North Carolina State University and earned a Masters in Social Work. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Cherie’s work experience includes facilitating batterer

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SaySo update

SaySo is excited to be one of the main stakeholders in North Carolina partnering with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. SaySo has a dedicated alumni staff co-chairing the project’s design team and at least five other alumni participating in strategic think tank sessions. On April 29, 2019, North Carolina partners joined the Jim Casey Initiative

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Have You Heard about NC Reach?

The NC Reach program provides college funding and support services to young people adopted from North Carolina DSS foster care after the age of 12, exited from foster care to a permanent home through the Guardianship Assistance Program, and those who age out of the system at 18. Benefits include: Funding. Provides last dollar funding after all federal, state, and

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NC’s Foster Care 18 to 21 Program

This program allows youth to stay in foster care until age 21. Services and benefits include Medicaid coverage and educational grants/scholarships for attending a NC public community college or university. Other program benefits include: Placement in a home approved by the county child welfare agency. The only ineligible living situations are being incarcerated or living with the person DSS removed

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Supporting young parents in foster care

It can be hard for foster parents and staff to balance ensuring that a baby is well cared for without taking over the parenting role and sidelining the young parent. Here, Martha Edwards, the director of the Ackerman Institute’s Center for the Developing Child and Family in New York, explains how foster parents and staff can help young parents gain

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