John William Pope Foundation awards $10,000 grant to support foster care at B&GH

December 7, 2020

The John William Pope Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to help Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina provide foster parent training in Wake County.

“We are truly grateful to receive this grant that will support our foster care program,” said B&GH President/CEO Ricky Creech. “This grant will support our continued growth in this area, enabling us to provide even more children with an environment of care where health, healing and hope are experienced every day.

“The new trajectory of child welfare reforms are driving agencies like ours to focus more heavily on community-based services thus keeping children and youth out of group residential services unless absolutely necessary due to mental and/or behavioral acuteness of the child or youth,” Creech continued. “As B&GH moves forward into this new era, we must put significant time, effort and services in place to keep families together or transition children and youth into alternative placements such as foster care. This grant from the Pope Foundation couldn’t have come at a better time.”

These funds will specifically provide facilities in Wake County to conduct initial and recurring foster parent training and certification along with CPR manikins and training spaces.

“Wake County has the second highest number of children in the North Carolina foster care system,” said B&GH Chief Program Officer Donna Yalch. “This funding will allow us to certify more parents, creating more safe and welcoming homes for children in need of care.”

While B&GH has been training parents in Wake County for several years, the challenges of the pandemic have complicated the process, making this grant even more important.

“In the past, we used donated spaces to hold classes,” said B&GH Chief Operations Officer Mike Garrell. “However, the COVID-19 restrictions have prevented us from using those spaces due to organizations restricting access to their facilities. Our Raleigh office does not have the capacity to train the needed number of parents while adhering to social distancing guidelines. This grant will allow us to rent large enough spaces to conduct the trainings safely.”

The additional CPR manikins will also allow for an increase in the number of parents who can attend the trainings at one time.

 “The more parents we can train safely at one time, the more homes are available for the children,” said Garrell. “The need continues to grow regardless of a global pandemic. We are truly grateful that the John William Pope Foundation has provided us with this grant to meet a growing need.”

About the John William Pope Foundation

The John William Pope Foundation makes grants to improve the well being of North Carolinians by advancing the ideas of limited government, individual freedom, personal responsibility, and strong communities. Founded in 1986 by John William and Joyce Pope, the Foundation maintains a focus on public policy, education, humanitarian work, and the arts. From its first grant to the present, the Foundation’s giving has totaled over $170 million to nonprofits dedicated to protecting and promoting ideas and programs that advance individual freedom and personal responsibility. To learn more, visit

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.