B&GH celebrating National Foster Parent Appreciation Month

May 12, 2020

Lake Waccamaw, NC – May is National Foster Parent Appreciation Month and Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina is expressing appreciation for foster parents throughout the region.

“Foster parents are key to fulfilling our mission to meet the needs of abused and neglected children,” said President Gary Faircloth. “For many years residential services have been the core of what we do, but providing foster homes allows us to serve even more children.”

Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for children who have been abused or neglected and need a safe place to live. More than 11,000 children are in foster care in North Carolina.

“Children in our program range from infant to teen,” said Vice President for Community Based Services Donna Yalch. “Though each child has a unique story, they have all been identified by area Departments of Social Services as abused, neglected or dependent.”

There are currently 147 children in B&GH supported foster homes throughout southeastern North Carolina.

“Our foster parents make everything possible,” said Yalch. “They are the ones who are there every day providing love, safety, security and stability for children who have been abused and neglected. It is truly a calling and we have been blessed by those who have answered the cry for children in need of a loving, caring home.”

The primary goal of foster care is to reunite children with their families when it is safe for the child. If that goal is not reached, foster care prepares the child for adoption or independent living.

“It is so important for our foster parents to have the ability to work as a team to help find permanence for their foster child,” said Yalch. “We have been so blessed over the years with foster parents who are truly dedicated to the well-being of the child.”

Foster parents must be 21 years or older, must pass a local and federal background check, attend 40 hours of pre-service training, and have the ability to care for a child in their home.

“Our foster parents are creating a better future for children, families and the community,” said Yalch. “We are incredibly grateful for all that they do.”

If you have room in your heart and home for a child, call 877-211-5322 to learn more about becoming a foster parent or visit our foster care page.

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 vulnerable 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.