North Carolina’s children in foster care and their families have been subject to a regionally-managed, fragmented system of care, contributing to poor outcomes, placement instability and delays in achieving the security and permanency these families need. That is why it is time for our state to transition to a single source statewide plan, investing in more evidence-based treatments for youth and families, and leveraging resources from across North Carolina to alleviate lapses in care. We support the state’s effort to move away from the current regional approach, building out a robust program to support both youth in foster care and their families across the state.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC)’s Healthy Blue Medicaid plan already provides our families with integrated health care options that treat patients holistically, through a broad array of services and supports that meet their specific needs. We’ll bring this proven, collaborative, family-focused approach to youth in foster care, leading to better outcomes and reducing the burden on the child welfare system — all so families, no matter where they live in North Carolina, can get the care they need to stay healthy and stay together.
From Fragmented to Integrated – Improving North Carolina’s child welfare system through intensive, local coordination supported by a single statewide plan
The Foster Care Advisory Council is a valuable resource that helps ensure foster youth and their families receive the highest quality of coordinated, trauma-informed, family-centered care.
Foster care advocates in North Carolina are working towards coordinated statewide care for children in need of mental health resources.
June 30, 2022
The Children's Home Society’s Raleigh Family Picnic celebrated the Triangle's local foster care community and included a donation of 60 pre-packed backpacks for children entering the foster care system.
June 15, 2022
Eleven organizations awarded to improve access to behavioral health care services in North Carolina’s rural and marginalized communities.
June 7, 2022
Volunteers gathered for a “Packing Party” event, putting together over 700 packages to be donated to organizations that work with our foster youth.
May 20, 2022
Blue Cross NC and the Guilford Green Foundation & LGBTQ Center are funding a pilot program to help recruit and train foster families to serve LGBTQ youth in foster care.
May 19, 2022
Here in North Carolina, 69 of our 100 counties have no child psychiatrists; 27 have no psychiatrist at all. Failure to address this challenge now will have long-term consequences.
April 26, 2022
The Flex Fund is working to provide assistance for youth who have aged out of the foster care system and need housing support.
March 27, 2022
NCCEH’s Executive Director Ryan Fehrman on the need for affordable housing options in response to the rental gap in Buncombe County.
January 9, 2022
Dr. Jacqueline McKnight shares her thoughts on the pressing issues facing youth in foster care.
December 7, 2021
Investing in prevention and treatment is crucial in building stable communities and protecting children of those dealing with substance abuse.
November 30, 2021
Psychological and social changes during parenthood are not unique to biological parents. Supporting parents through post-placement depression is crucial in protecting children.
November 12, 2021
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has partnered with Open Table to develop a model program to help youth in foster care as they transition into life as independent adults.
October 20, 2021