Thompson Child & Family Focus recently partnered with the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina to expand regional access to mental health and child welfare community services.
The agencies will jointly operate program offices in Durham and Fayetteville, according to a news release. Thompson has a location off Margaret Wallace Road near Matthews.
The collaboration increases the number of those served – more than 1,200 substantiated reports of child abuse and neglect were documented in 2010 between the two cities, with some encompassing areas ranking among the highest in the state, according to the release. The partnership also unites the agencies’ respective strengths, extends their collective geographic footprint and creates significant cost-saving measures by combining administrative, staff, program development and office location expenses.
“Our two agencies have a combined 195-year legacy of building stability and leading children and families into brighter futures,” said Ginny Amendum, president of Thompson Child & Family Focus. “It is a partnership that honors both of our missions and a shared strategic vision—to most effectively meet the needs of our communities by welcoming new ideas and embracing best practices.”
Plans call for the agencies to co-locate merged services across the state this summer.