Studies Show Foster Care Improves Long-term Health Outcomes for Children

Studies Show Foster Care Improves Long-term Health Outcomes for Children

For vulnerable children in North Carolina who cannot safely remain with their biological families, the foster care system offers a crucial lifeline. By opening their homes and hearts, foster parents play a pivotal role in providing these young individuals with the care, stability, and support they need to thrive which has positive health impacts on individual families, and the community as a whole.

One of the primary benefits of foster care is the chance it presents for children to experience the security and nurturing environment of a family setting. Many youngsters in the system have faced significant trauma or instability, and a stable foster home can be truly transformative in their lives.

Foster parents have the opportunity to guide these children through their challenges, helping them heal and develop the skills they’ll need to succeed. Statistics show that children given proper care and family stability, have fewer long-term health conditions.

Positive Health & Family Dynamics For Volunteer Foster Families

In addition to the personal rewards, foster parenting also comes with a robust support network. Aspiring foster parents undergo comprehensive training to prepare them for the unique demands of this role, and they have access to ongoing foster guidance and resources from social workers and community organizations. This ensures that foster families are equipped to handle any situation that may arise.

“God knew these kids needed us whether it is for a short time or forever and he led us to where we were supposed to be”. COURTNEY THOMPSON, foster parent in NC

The Challenge and Joy of Fostering in North Carolina

“[Becoming a foster parent is] the hardest and most heartbreaking thing you could ever do, but it is also the most rewarding thing you could ever do.” Anise Stafford, NC foster parent


While the commitment of foster parenting can be demanding at times, the positive impact foster parents have on children’s lives is immeasurable. By welcoming these youngsters into their homes, foster families become a source of hope and stability, playing a crucial role in shaping the next generation.

Getting Support For The Fostering Process

“Every child deserves a safe and loving home,” says Adrienne Beatty, Trillium’s Director of Network Development, “We want to be sure the families in our communities feel supported in providing that home.”

Omni Family of Services (formerly Omni visions) has partnered with Trillium, to help provide potential NC foster parents with the resources they need in counties across the state:

  • Dare
  • Halifax
  • Hyde
  • Hertford
  • Martin
  • Nash
  • Northhampton
  • Pamlico
  • Tyrell
  • Washington

Omni Family of Services’ foster and adoption programs serve children in placement due to abuse, neglect and the resulting behaviors from exposure to trauma. Services include therapeutic foster care, medically fragile foster care, reunification, and adoption.