A picture is worth a thousand words. Or sometimes, it’s just one word.
Thousands of children ages birth to eighteen are placed into foster homes each year in North Carolina. Since 2006, Charlotte-based Carolina Family Connections has helped to provide family foster care for children in need of out-of-home placement. Carolina Family Connections is committed to recruiting, training, and supervising family foster care homes providing the best care possible for children who need out-of-home care.
During #GivingTuesdayCLT, Carolina Family Connections raised $1850 and gained three new foster families. But during that time they were connected to a volunteer who would make a lasting impact on the organization and the families it helps.
Joshua Moss answered a request from CFC on the SHARE Charlotte website for a volunteer photographer to take family portraits and staff headshots for the organization.
“CFC does such a critical job supporting children and families in Charlotte,” Moss said. “The families I met were so kind and truly inspiring to be around. It was an it was an honor to be able able to serve them in some small way through my passion of photography.”
CFC Community Advisor Melisa Patterson said the photographs provide a sense of normalcy for children placed in foster homes.
“It demonstrates that these children are a part of that family unit and the foster parents will always have a photo of that child to keep,” Patterson said.
In addition to providing keepsakes for the families, the photographs provide insight into the foster care system for anyone who may be considering serving our community in this capacity.
“We asked to provide photos on our website because we know that foster families are diverse,” Patterson said. “There’s no cookie-cutter design for what a foster family looks like. We wanted to break down the stereotype that foster families have to look a certain way. Anyone can be a foster parent and we want people to feel empowered to open their homes to children in need.”
Moss is looking forward to continuing his work with CFC.
“I am so thankful for the SHARE Charlotte site for connecting us,” Moss said. “I hope to get the opportunity to work with the amazing individuals and families of CFC in the near future.”