In Mecklenburg county, an average of one child enters foster care every day.
Foster care is meant to be a temporary situation.
THE GOAL: Re-unification with the child’s family of origin.
THE REALITY: This does not always happen as finding a permanent home can be challenging, especially for child 9+ years of age.
THE RESULT: Many children end up languishing in the foster care system for years and eventually age-out, which increases the likelihood that they will experience poor adult outcomes - including poor physical and mental health, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancy, and incarceration.
Mecklenburg County receives 18,000 calls per year for suspicion of child abuse/neglect - only 70% are investigated.
Almost 600 children are in the foster care system in our county, yet there fewer than 60 families licensed with Mecklenburg county.
30% of the county’s foster youth are sent outside of the county because of the of lack of available local placement options - taking the youth away from all that is familiar.
Currently there are 45 “true orphans” waiting to be adopted in Meck. Co. - these are youth whose parental reunification efforts have been terminated.
In our county alone, there are 40+ youth who are projected to age out of foster care this year with no one to support them in their transition to adulthood, leaving them at a higher risk for negative outcomes.
*Statistics: 2018 Mecklenburg County Youth & Family Services
There are 600 youth in foster care in Mecklenburg county & fewer than 60 county-licensed families.
Help us change the narrative & close the gap.
By partnering with the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services, CFK has a unique opportunity to recruit foster parents and host a MAPP (foster licensure) training class tailored to the faith community. CFK makes this process more accessible for families by providing meals and childcare during the 6-week course.
We cannot always prevent trauma, abuse, & neglect. But we can make sure that there are more than enough families waiting to offer safe and loving homes to our city’s vulnerable children.
NEXT STEP: Attend a foster parent orientation
Mecklenburg County residents (individuals and families) who and are interested in becoming licensed foster parents through CFK’s training program are required to attend a“no-commitment” orientation. Join us to hear from CFK staff as well as Mecklenburg County DSS staff to learn more about it means to be a foster parent and have a chance to ask questions!
upcoming foster parent orientations
September 5, 2019 | 729 E 36th Street
November 7, 2019 | 11011 Monroe Road
Watch the story below of CFK’s Executive Director, Nicole Taylor, and her foster parent journey.
Do you know a foster family that you would like to help? Are you interested in starting a community within your church or business to offer wrap-around support to foster families you may already know?
CFK is helping to mobilize established communities – likely at churches or businesses – to wrap-around foster families in the community. If you are interested in starting or enhancing a wrap-around community within your organization, we would love to walk alongside you and provide wrap-around training for your group.
Wrap-around support can take many different forms. Our training helps to explain these forms of wrap-around care at a more detailed level as well as help give a picture of the types of things foster families encounter and give you a chance to get your questions answered.