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B&GH VP Donna Yalch Named to NC Child & Family Services Plan Design Team

February 10, 2020

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Vice President for Community Based Services Donna Yalch has been named to the Permanency Design Team for the North Carolina Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP).

“This team is responsible for providing guidance to the implementation of initiatives in the NC CFSP,” said Lisa Cauley, deputy director for child welfare with the NC Division of Social Services. “We are delighted to have this team helping to shape the future of child welfare in North Carolina.”

Yalch, who started as a social worker, has been with B&GH for nearly 19 years. In her current position, she oversees family foster care, therapeutic foster care, adoption, confidential intermediary services, a teen moms program, C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope, Success Coach, and Carolyn’s Kaleidoscope Child Advocacy Center. In addition to her work at B&GH, she has served in leadership positions with Benchmarks, an alliance of nationally accredited agencies committed to providing quality care, leadership, and accountability in services to children, adults and families in North Carolina. 

“Donna has provided strong leadership for our organization for many years,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “To have her serve on this team at the state level really honors her commitment to children and families throughout North Carolina.”

The Permanency Design Team will join the other CFSP teams at a statewide conference later this month in Raleigh to learn more about the process and have initial team meetings. The conference will also feature a keynote address by Dr. Jerry Milner, associate commissioner of the Federal Children’s Bureau of the Administration of Children and Families of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

“I am really excited to be a part of this design team,” said Yalch. “This is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and families for years to come in a way that is so close to my heart. I started as a social worker, and I still am at the core of everything I do for B&GH. I truly believe that the work this team will do is going to make things better for children and families across the state.”

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.