June is Reunification Month!

June is Reunification Month, the perfect time for resource parents to reflect on their role in supporting reunification. There is promising evidence that building a strong relationship between parents and resource parents increases the likelihood of reunification. “When foster parents support or mentor birth parents, they can enhance the ability of birth parents to stay informed about their children’s development

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Fostering Perspectives Turns 25!

Fostering Perspectives is celebrating its silver anniversary. This publication was born 25 years ago because the NC Division of Social Services and its partners wanted a way to inform, support, and speak directly to our state’s resource parents and child welfare professionals. To ensure it is accessible, practical, and helpful, from the beginning Fostering Perspectives has had an advisory group

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Innovation in North Carolina’s Child Welfare System During COVID-19

by Jamie Bazemore • The pandemic has brought loss and hardship to so many of us. But for me it has also been a reminder of how adaptable and creative humans can be. Even when faced with disruption and challenges, we somehow find a way to innovate and move forward. I hope when COVID is behind us we will continue

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COVID-19 and the Holidays

by LeAnn McKoy • COVID-19 created the opportunity for the NC Division of Social Services to review its policies and practices to ensure the safety of children and families. We all have learned to wear masks, wash our hands more, and maintain physical distance from family and friends. New processes were adopted, while safety of children and families remained the

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Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Jessica Dym Bartlett, Jessica Griffin, Dana Thomson • The following guidance, recommendations, and resources are provided by child trauma experts at Child Trends and the Child Trauma Training Center at the University of Massachusetts. The Center is housed at the University of Massachusetts with Child Trends as the lead evaluating agency, with funding from SAMHSA and the National Child

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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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Children’s Home Society of NC places greater emphasis on shared parenting and reunification

Children’s Home Society of NC (CHS) worked in partnership with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago to develop a leading-edge practice model to build on the strengths of its Foster Care to Permanency program. A CHS and Chapin Hall team, as well as foster parents, birth parents, and youth with foster care experience, partnered to develop this practice model

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