Child Welfare Faith Community Partnership (CWFCP) is a network of churches throughout Wake County that partners with Child Welfare to help meet the many needs of children in Foster Care and families receiving Child Welfare services. The CWFCP meets twice a year for business planning and coordinating events that support Child Welfare.
In addition to working with other community partners, including the Family Resource Center of Raleigh, the CWFCP responds to the needs of families and the community by providing its support to the following annual and ongoing projects:
Singing For Scholars/Book Bag Drive is a community event, usually held during the months preceding the traditional start of school, that collects school supplies and monetary donations for children in foster care.
Undie Sunday Drive campaign benefits needy children whose families are receiving Child Welfare services or Family Support services. All sizes are needed for preschool-age children to older teens. Please call if you would like to volunteer.
Foster Care Awareness Campaign is an annual campaign to educate the community about child abuse and its prevention.
Foster Parent Recruitment is an ongoing effort by WCHS Child Welfare staff and our faith partners to train and license foster parents.
An Evening of Elegance is an annual event celebrating and honoring the commitment and sacrifice foster parents make. This event is scheduled during the month of May.
First Nights Bags is an ongoing effort designed to provide an overnight bag for every child who enters foster care in Wake County. The bags are designed for children of all ages and contain toiletries, new articles of clothing and small toys.
Holiday drives is an annual event occurring during the holiday months to collect food and gift items for foster children during the holidays.
Goals of the CWFCP
At its September 24, 2012, meeting, the following goals were presented to those in attendance. Each individual faith partner was asked to choose one or more goals to adopt for the coming year. Within each goal, a partner may choose one or more different levels of support:
- Recruitment of Foster and Adoptive Homes and Public Awareness
- Have a representative from WCHS come to our place of worship to speak regarding awareness and recruitment of foster parents and adoptive families
- Display materials that address the need for foster and adoptive families
- Participate in the Foster Care Awareness Month campaign
- Support "An Evening of Elegance" honoring Foster Parents
- Donate $100 or more in support of the event
- Provide volunteers to help with this event
- Serve on the Planning Committee
- Provide Support to Child Welfare Families
- Support families for Thanksgiving by providing food boxes
- Support families for Christmas by providing toys, gifts and food
- Participate in "Undie Sunday" Drive to provide new undergarments and socks for children of all ages
- Donate Book Bags and School Supplies
- Provide Stuffed Book bags for children
- Donate book bags and/or loose supplies
- Send at least one representative to the "Singing for Scholars" Benefit Concert at St. Joseph's Catholic Church
- Send at least two to three volunteers to load and unload donated supplies at the benefit concert
- Send volunteers (Youth and/or adult) for sorting and distribution of donations at a designated location
- Make a monetary donation only
- Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
- Have a representative from WCHS come to place of worship to speak on the issue of preventing child abuse and neglect
- Display materials that address prevention of abuse and neglect
- Participate in the Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign
For more information, contact Nikki W. Lyons, HS Program Consultant, 919-250-1486.