Wake County Child Welfare, in partnership with the community, are committed to ensuring positive outcomes for children and families who become involved in Child Welfare. Listed below are some of Child Welfare's ongoing initiatives.


Employment Pipeline is a referral program designed to connect families involved in our In-Home Services program with other Human Services departments and community resources.  The Pipeline is an opportunity for family members who are unemployed, under-employed, or wanting to improve their overall employment situation.
Depending upon eligibility, participants in the Employment Pipeline will work either with Job Link or Work First.  Participants can get assistance ranging from help with obtaining a GED, to preparing a resume, to tips on the successful job interview, as well as providing online access to search for a new job.  
Our goal is to provide families involved with CPS with available resources to improve their employment prospects and outlook.  The Employment Pipeline is a Human Capital Development Initiative. 
Family Finding is a recent initiative in Wake County designed to reduce the number of children who enter foster care and reduce the length of time a child stays in foster care.  Family Finding is made possible through a grant from the Casey Family Programs.  Working in collaboration with the Family Finding Team at Children's Home Society (CHSNS), Family Finding in Wake County works with children who have recently entered foster care or who are at risk of entering foster. 
This program reconnects children in foster care with biological family members and other important adult influences.  Using web-based technology to find biological family members, the Family Finding team at Children's Home Society works to rebuild relationships and explore potential permanent family placements for each child referred to this program.  Though a suitable home is not always found, Family Finding does provide children with much needed connections to their relatives.  It creates a support system and a sense of "home" for many children living in foster care. 
In addition to the Family Finding Team at CHSNC, Wake County Child Welfare is working with the 4-H Youth Development program and Family Support Services to provide additional support and services to these youth.

Children's Health and Development Program (CHDP)

Children who are poor, in foster homes, and homeless are particularly at risk for a wide range of medical, behavioral and developmental problems.  Too often what health care they may have received has been episodic and fragmented without addressing the complexity of their needs using a holistic approach that must include development, behavior, mental health and dental health in a coordinated fashion.

Wake County children in two At Risk groups are provided with comprehensive assessments through the CHDP:

  • Children entering foster care; ages 0-18 years old and
  • Children 3 years to 10 years old in families receiving child protective services in home services

Components of the comprehensive assessments include:

  • Physical health
  • Developmental health
  • Behavioral and mental health
  • Dental health

Based on these assessments, an individualized plan of care for each child is created to address their specific needs in health, development, behavior, mental health, and parenting, while linking to appropriate community services. 
By utilizing best practices, CHDP is able to assist parents and community groups in accessing and using the medical home for monitoring of their children’s health, mental health and development while also helping parents to anticipate and strengthen their children’s developmental skills.  
Direct assistance and consultation is provided to the primary health care/medical home, behavioral health providers and community programs in order to assure continuation and coordination of each child and family’s needed services and supports.

The Children’s Health & Development Program (CHDP) is a shared collaboration between John Rex Endowment, Wake County Human Services Child Welfare, Child Health, Dental Clinic and Child Mental Health staff.  Key community stakeholders include the Wake County Family Court, primary care/medical homes, and parents/foster parents.

For more information on national standards and continuum of care recommendations for children in foster care see the American Academy of Pediatrics website Healthy Foster Care America


Intensive Family Reunification Services is a program offered by Children's Home Society and is a reunification service to assist families whose children are returning  from foster care placement by helping smooth the transition process and helping parents continue to function in a healthy, safe manner.  The purpose of this program is to increase the number of children attaining permanence through reunification and to ensure that families who are reunified have the support services they need in order to be successful. 

The program lasts for a period of 8 weeks, beginning no more than 2 weeks prior to children returning home from an out-of-home placement.  Services are delivered to families in their own homes, at times that are most convenient for them. 

Intensive in-home services include:

  • A comprehensive assessment
  • Service planning and implementation
  • Transitional planning
  • Referrals for services
  • Family and individual counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Emergency financial assistance
  • 24/7 crisis support
  • Training in parenting skills, life skills, budgeting, anger management, problem solving, and conflict resolution