child protective services

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Failure to acknowledge and address causes of ‘neglect’ at root of NC’s foster care shortage

BY: - August 18, 2023

North Carolina’s children are full of untapped potential, and they all need a strong foundation that is built on nurturing relationships and positive experiences. However, over the past six months, we’ve heard reports that children entering foster care are sleeping in DSS offices because of a shortage of foster parents, and it has gotten worse […]

The looming childcare “crisis,” public benefits and their impact on the foster care system

BY: - August 17, 2023

Beth Messersmith can see the crisis coming. Come December, the federal funds for childcare will run dry. Unless state lawmakers allocate $300 million to cover the cost for the next two years, working families will suffer — which means so will North Carolina’s economy. “The childcare workforce is the workforce behind the workforce,” said Messersmith, […]