Department of Social Services

NC Legislature Considers Foster Care Family Act

May 18, 2015
North Carolina General Assembly --

In New Hanover County alone, there are 350 children in foster care. The North Carolina legislature is rethinking some policies surrounding the system. 

If passed, the Foster Care Family Act would implement what the bill calls a “reasonable and prudent parent standard” for decisions made by foster families. Representative Sarah Stevens says the Act would help foster parents function with more freedom: 

North Carolinians once eligible for federal assistance to help keep their houses warm may not receive funding this winter. Last year New Hanover County received $800,000 for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports this year that number has dwindled to $226,000.