GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – This season is a time when many want to be able to give the gift of giving back. Well, a local organization is asking for your help with this in a more unique way.
“None of us give out textbooks when we have children, natural children. None of us give out textbooks when we adopt, ”said Deborah Artis, program director for foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs.
A statement those at the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina want people to know. The nonprofit organization works hard not only to provide stability for children and adolescents in need of assistance, but also for the education of foster and birth parents.
“One of our main goals is our foster care and adoption programs. We work with the 100 counties of the DSS agencies, we work in a very close partnership with them, ”said Artis.
Deborah Artis is the program director for the organization’s foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs. She says they work hard to make sure these kids get the tools they need so they can hopefully reconnect with their families.
“Our goal is to provide this temporary placement for the children so that they can hopefully return to their birth parents or another biological family member. If this goal cannot be achieved, our second goal is to ensure that this child can stay in this foster home. “
When looking at how children fit into the foster care system to begin with, Artis mentions that it comes after the state has to intervene in their life situation.
“When social services step in and take custody away from their birth parents or birth family, they call us for resources,” Artis said.
Open communication is also essential. Foster and birth parents keep lines open with each other to make sure everyone is on the same page.
“A lot of communication is shared between foster parents and birth parents that this is how we raise your child while they are with us. And that’s what works.
Artis notes that with the help of foster and adoptive parents, these children will have an impact that will last a lifetime.
“What I say to foster parents is to remember that no matter if a child spends an hour, a day, 365 days in your life, you made an impact on them, you changed their lives. ‘one way or another,’ Artis said.
If you or someone you know would like to get involved in some of the programs, the Children’s Home Society has to offer, click here.
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