The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina is located in Greensboro. The company recently announced that they will be expanding their program to help find homes for older children. The Children’s Home Society has teamed up with the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Sharon Barlow works for the Divison of Children’s Services in Guilford County. She stated that it is extremely important to find homes for older children. She stated that foster children who are given homes are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college. They are also more likely to get jobs and have a stable life.
Nick is a 15-year-old boy who has been in foster care since he was 5. He is hoping that he can be placed with a family soon because he does not want to be in foster care until he is 18. Nick loves camping, fishing and sports. He wants to be a mechanic and design cars when he grows up.
Nick is described as being a polite and kind child. He enjoys going to the church and YMCA. Rebecca Starnes is the vice president of Children’s Home Society of North Carolina. She stated that expanding the adoption program will make it easier for children like Nick to find homes.
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is focused on serving children who have been in the foster care system the longest. Most of the children are over the age of 8. Thirty percent of the children have been in six or more foster homes. Rita Soronen is the president of The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. She stated that the children in foster care are just like every other child. The only difference is that foster children have had a rough start.