MATTHEWS – Christian Adoption Services and Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina have agreed to partner to offer comprehensive foster care and adoption services to families throughout the state.
Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina’s family foster care program, where the nonprofit trains and licenses couples, is rapidly expanding throughout North Carolina. Matthews-based Christian Adoption Services, who has permanently placed hundreds of children with families since 1979, is able to facilitate the adoption process.
“Coming together with BCH in the areas of adoption and foster care means more boys and girls, who come from desperate circumstances, will receive the caring homes they deserve,” said Kevin Qualls, president of Christian Adoption Services. “Combining expertise means we have the ability to provide the greatest possible outcomes for the children and families we are privileged to serve.”
The collaboration between the two nonprofits goes beyond supporting children and families. Their efforts are also about providing quality placement options to the state’s child welfare system that is removing children from families at an alarming rate. In North Carolina, there are 3,000 more children in foster care than in 2011.
“A major factor is parental substance abuse which involves the growing opioid crisis across our state and nation,” explained Keith Henry, chief operating officer at Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina. “These addictions by parents and guardians often result in the abuse and neglect of their children. For the children’s safety, the state is forced to take custody.”
The N.C. Departments of Social Services removed 16,796 children from their homes in 2018, resulting in a lack of quality placement options.
“The state’s child welfare system is doing the best it can, but its resources are stretched too thin,” Qualls said. “Identifying not only new options but the best options, will help the state and ultimately benefit the children long-term.
“This why both CAS and BCH see our partnership as imperative and an integral part of providing that solution.”
Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, based in Thomasville, oversees ministries for children, families and adults throughout North Carolina, as well as orphans in Guatemala.
“Without question, the clear winner of this alliance between BCH and CAS is the children and families of North Carolina,” said Michael Blackwell, president/CEO of Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina.