To provide support foster and kinship parents who take in children ages newborn to 18 years old. To provide the foster/kinship parent with a new placement care kit complete with 3 days of clothes with pajamas size above and underage (unless size is known), toiletries, gifts from the community, contact to Foster Pantry to come get needed items after kit is provided and other items essential to welcoming a new child into the home. To provide support, respite services, and advice from other foster/kinship parents.
What is Foster Care? What does Placement mean?
Foster care is a system in which a minor has been placed into a ward, group home, or private home of a state-certified caregiver, referred to as a “foster parent” or with a family member approved by the state. The placement of the child is normally arranged through the government or a social service agency.
Placement is the term used for a child who enters into care and is placed in a Foster/Kinship Families home.
Why do children come into Foster Care? (answer specific to New Hanover County)
Close to 50% of children come into care because of opioids. The other reasons youth enter foster care are primarily for domestic violence and/or mental health reasons in the birth parent’s home. Often times there is a combination of all of these (mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence).
What is a Foster Parent?
A Foster Parent is a person or persons who volunteer through an agency and go through proper training and backgrounds checks to become licensed to accept children who have entered Foster Care into their homes.
What is a Kinship Parent?
Grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other family members who agree to care for children are called “kinship” caregivers. Kinship care can be an informal or legal arrangement from their counties DSS, provides information about both arrangements. These are not volunteers and do not go through the same training and background checks as Foster Parents. They do not receive the same benefit/support as Foster Parents.
The Local Facts
As of the end of January 2019 – New Hanover County- Information Provided by DSS
179 kids ages 5 and under custody
112 kids ages 6-12 in custody
72 kids ages 13-17 in custody
As of December 31st, 2018 – Pender County – Information Provided by Guardian Ad Litem
162 children are ages 0-4
162 children are ages 0-4
121 children are ages 5-11
As of January, 2019 – Brunswick County – Information Provided by Brunswick County DSS
138 children in custody
- To provide foster/kinship parents with a new placement kit within hours of a child into the home with a new placement kit that includes (but not limited to) a 3 outfits with new socks and underwear, 3 pajamas, age/gender/race appropriate toiletries, community gifts, informational card on how to contact the Foster Pantry to receive more items needed and other essential times needed to welcome a new child into their home.
- To provide mentors for foster/kinship families for them to receiving frequent support and advice from other foster parents who have experience with kids in that age range
- To provide community support information