CHARLOTTE — The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina just got a huge donation with an $8 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.
Two of the agency’s 13 locations are in the Channel 9 viewing area — one is in Charlotte and the other is in Morganton.
The funds will further the organization’s mission of helping kids in foster care get adopted. They also offer services that help families stay together and build resilience to navigate difficult life circumstances.
“Ms. Scott’s generosity comes at a critical time for our communities,” said Brian Maness, the president and CEO of Children’s Home Society of North Carolina. “Children and families need more than ever to be seen, heard, and validated while facing the challenges of today’s world. They need to feel hope for their future and that someone cares about them, particularly amidst current social inequities and the pandemic. We are so grateful to everyone who is helping and sharing in this work.”
The organization recently launched a five-year plan outlining a better future for North Carolina children and families.
“Ms. Scott’s donation will strengthen and help sustain this vital work as we continue to embrace our identity as a mission-driven problem solver, and promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe, and loving family,” Maness said. “We know that no one person, organization, or gift can do this work alone, but every person — no matter their background — can make an incredible difference through positive and inspired action.”
CHS serves more than 15,000 children and families in the state annually. In 2021, they helped more than 4,800 families through parent education and support services, and nearly 1,100 children who are in foster care received safe family placements.
Children’s Home Society has celebrated more than 16,000 adoptions since 1902.
For more information on the Children’s Home Society, how to become a foster or adoptive parent, or financial support, work and volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-632-1400.
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