Caring for Children, Eckerd Connects

CARING foR CHILDREN Founded in 1975, CARING for Children was originally based on a community need to provide emergency care to children. Over four decades later, CARING for Children has evolved into an organization with diverse programs and services that meet the needs of children and families in Western North Carolina.


Foster Caring Programs specialize in Family Fostercare, Therapeutic Fostercare, and respite stays . Family Foster Care provides services to children in the custody of the Department of Social Services. Therapeutic Foster Care specializes in providing services to youth who have a history of behavioral, emotional, medical, and/ or mental health diagnosis.
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The Respite Scholarship Program provides scholarship funds for families of children with emotional, behavioral, and/or medical health issues or families impacted by risk factors. These funds are used to obtain quality respite services for their children. Respite care provides temporary relief for parents and has been shown to reinforce behavioral and developmental skills, reduce out-of-home placements, and decrease negative behaviors. Parents are responsible for choosing and hiring their own Respite Provider(s). Respite providers work directly for parents to provide safe, structured and developmentally appropriate experiences for your children. In addition, parents provide orientation, supervision, and any necessary on-the-job training specific to the individualized needs of their child. Scholarships will allow parents to hire a Respite Provider directly. In this way, parents address their need for respite care on a prearranged basis, as a part of the normal, wrap-around services for children and families.

IFPS  In home Case Management provides 4 weeks of in-home services to help families who might benefit from in home case management with a focus on life skills.

Address: 225 East Chestnut Street, 100 SPARC
Phone: 8287775715
Service Areas: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, NC - Other, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey

Community Notes

Equity and Inclusion (Uncertified): >40% Employees Women

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