What’s New in Child Welfare

Wake County Child Welfare, in partnership with the community, are committed to supporting children and families who become involved in Child Welfare. 

Learn about new and innovative ways we are reaching out to families, supporting parents and children, and preventing abuse and neglect. 

Child Health Development Program

Children being raised in vulnerable communities, in foster care, or are homeless are particularly at risk for a wide range of medical, behavioral and developmental problems.  Nurses provide medical and behavioral health care coordination and visits to homes of:  

  • Families, with children ages 3-10, currently involved in In Home Services 
  • Children who are currently in foster care (temporary care for children removed from their homes) 

Father Engagement

The Father Engagement Services program is committed to providing prevention, intervention and advocacy for fathers working towards reunification and/or family preservation. Services address family stability, safety, co-parenting and self-sufficiency so that families continue to grow and develop.  

Father Engagement Services goals are: 

  1. To increase reunification rates between fathers and their children
  2. To increase self-sufficiency among fathers 
  3. To increase the engagement of fathers in the lives of their children  
  4. To provide culturally relevant, father-friendly services to all Wake County 

Who Do We Serve?

  • Fathers involved with Wake County Child Welfare Programs 
  • Fathers/males in Wake County that are committed to having a positive impact in the lives of children in their care and in their community 

What do we offer?

  • One-on-One Coaching 
  • D.A.D.S. Support Group 
  • Community Education 
  • Information, Linkage, and Referrals to services 

For more information, 

Email: fatherengagement.services@wake.gov 



Improvement in Data Reporting & Analysis

Wake County Child Welfare is continuing to make improvements in collecting and analyzing data to better inform decisions.  We are using a tool called Power BI to illustrate the data in ways that are visually attractive and easy-to manipulate. 

Kinship Care Pilot

In collaboration with the Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA) and the Duke Endowment, Wake County is participating in a project to provide therapeutic services and supports to youth in foster care who are residing with relatives (also called kinship).