Necco Augusta has a new home in Martinez. However, the nonprofit, which provides foster care and adoption services to children from birth to age 21, is more interested in finding forever homes for children.
“Our mission is to build families,” says Natasha Small, the program director. “There are thousands of children in foster care across the state, and it is our mission to provide loving homes and permanency for as many children as possible.”
Service areas for the local office include Columbia, Richmond, Burke and McDuffie counties, and Small says the agency tries to place children in forever homes in their home counties. “Reunification with the birth family is always the goal whenever possible,” she adds. “Otherwise, we try to find the best fit for the child.”
Necco Augusta receives foster care referrals from state and county departments. The organization recruits potential foster parents through various events, social media and word of mouth. Requirements for becoming a Necco foster parent include passing a background check and being at least 21 years old. “The children we serve are from a variety of backgrounds, so we welcome diversity in our foster families,” says Small.
Support services include in-home case management, 24-hour emergency assistance, competitive reimbursement rates, coordination of services, licensed therapists on staff and ongoing training and outings.
“I believe foster parents are often the angels God sends as an answer to desperate prayers of children who are crying out for loving and caring adults,” says Phil Alexander, CallingPost founder. “I have great respect for people who give of their time and hearts to help children at a most vulnerable time in their lives.”
Necco Augusta will hold an open house at its new location, 432 South Belair Road, from 10 a.m. – noon Saturday, August 19. The organization also holds free weekly orientation sessions 10 a.m. – noon on Tuesdays. Orientation lasts 30 minutes to an hour, and in-home orientation appointments can be scheduled as well.
“Children are children, and youths in foster care need the same supports as other youths,” Small says. “Becoming a foster parent is one of the best ways to provide support.”
For more information, call (706) 210-3435, visit necco.org or check them out on Facebook at Necco Augusta.