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


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

2014 Highlights

  • Brian Maness, formerly VP of Strategy and Development, was named CEO of CHSNC.
  • CHSNC’s advocacy for state funding succeeded when North Carolina allocated up to $3.75 million to a Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII) that will reimburse CHSNC for a variety of services, including Family Finding.

  • CHSNC received an additional EMCF/Social Innovation Fund grant to continue implementing evaluation and growth plans for Family Finding and Wise Guys. 
  • With support from the PII, CHSNC is evaluating its complete Family Finding program model to better understand how it is being implemented. This study will inform the design of a future rigorous impact evaluation.

Youth Served

Number of youth served by Family Finding and Wise Guys
Note: CHSNC serves over 21,000 youth and families annually across its programs.

Revenue (in millions)


Family Finding: At least one family member/other individual committed to helping a youth find a permanent home


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