2012 Annual Report

Children's Home Society of North Carolina

The Children's Home Society of North Carolina serves youth and families across the state. Its programs include Family Finding, which helps connect foster youth with supportive relatives, and Wise Guys, which educates teenage boys about male responsibility and appropriate sexual behavior. 

Children's Home Society of North Carolina (CHSNC) carries out its mission, to provide every child a permanent, safe, and loving family, through a variety of programs that serve over 21,000 children and families annually in over 80 counties throughout the state.


Family Finding helps youth in or aging out of foster care find and engage family members who provide emotional support and, potentially, a permanent home. Family Finding staff are specially trained, carry small caseloads (generally five), and spend three to four months working with each youth.

By connecting foster youth with family members who are able to provide support, stability and permanency, Family Finding helps guide them to independent adulthood.

Additional information about Family Finding can be found on the Duke Endowment's website at dukeendowment.org.


Wise Guys is a male responsibility and teen pregnancy prevention program that teaches boys (ages 11-17) about healthy relationships and appropriate sexual behavior. Delivered in middle schools and community centers with parental consent, the program helps young males develop personal responsibility and self-esteem so they can form healthy relationships, make smart decisions, and achieve their long-term goals by avoiding teen pregnancy. 

More information about Wise Guys can be found at wiseguysnc.org.


  • Supported by the Social Innovation Fund/True North Fund, CHS expanded Family Finding to 11 additional counties, and expanded Wise Guys to six new counties.

Youth Served

Number of youth served by Family Finding and Wise Guys
Note: CHSNC serves over 15,000 youth and families across all its programs.

Revenue (in millions)


Family Finding: At least one family member/other individual making a commitment to help a youth find a permanent home


Wise Guys: Participants demonstrating increased knowledge of healthy sexual behavior
  • Legend:
  • Actual
  • Projected

For a full report, see CHSNC's Performance page at emcf.org