Trauma and abuse can seriously damage a child during their critical formative years. According to CDC dats, 1 in 6 children have a mental health condition, and half go untreated - for child living below the poverty level this increase to over 1 in 5, and access to treatment for these children is likely even lower. Thompson believes these children can be made whole again. To support this belief, our work centers on the clinical treatment and well-being of children and families. Founded in 1886 as an orphanage, today Thompson provides services from four core pillars; Early Childhood, Family Stability, Mental Health and Residential Services. Programs cover comprehensive education, intensive treatment and care for children (birth to 18) in need, as well as counseling to adults of all ages. Many of the children and families we serve arrive in our care without many of life's basic essentials; bedding, towels, hygiene items and clothes. Our supplies of these items constantly need to be replenished - please consider shopping our Amazon wish list.
- In January 2023, we ranked 7th place in Charlotte Business Journal's 'Charlotte's largest health and human services nonprofits' list.
- Since 2017, we have grown our Foster Care program from 27 homes to over 340 homes.
- Our CEO, Will Jones, was selected for CBJ's 'Most Admired CEO' Awards program. Friends of the Children - Charlotte program was part of SEED20's Class of 2020.