Children’s Home Society’s Institute for Family Honours

Greensboro, NC, May 29, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Institute for Family, an entity of Children’s Home Society of NC (CHS), presented its second annual Family Champion Awards on April 26 at The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, NC. Social workers and family advocates from across North Carolina gathered to honor social workers for the critical role they play in promoting family well-being.

The event’s keynote speaker, Victor Armstrong, MSW, vice president for health equity and engagement at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, highlighted how social workers have the influence to play a central role in someone’s story.

“I am extremely hopeful today for all of you who, through your work and your stories, are giving hope to families,” Armstrong said in his address to the audience.

Those who received Family Champion Awards were:

Amy GunterMedical Social Worker, Medi Home Hospice
Kielana hamStreet Resources Coordinator, Ripple Effect Group
Katherine LamContinuing Planning Social Worker, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Youth and Family Services
Patricia MasseySocial Work Supervisor III, Child and Family Services, Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services
Roger SuclupeClinical Assistant Professor, UNC Charlotte
Emilie TaylorContinuing Planning Social Worker, Harnett County, North Carolina, Department of Social Services
Angel ThomasDirector of Mental Health, Partners in Learning
Latisha WatsonCare Manager – CMHRP and CMARC Programs, Orange County, North Carolina, Health Department
Steven YatesSocial Worker IA&T – Research, Burke County, North Carolina, Department of Social Services

“Whether it is providing a healthy and safe space in which clients can feel at home, or motivating and supporting colleagues by always offering a smile and inspiring staff to be the best versions of themselves, or supporting grieving parents and connecting them with each other – it is all possible. examples of the actions of these Family Champions – their dedication is the backbone of every resilient family,” said Claudia Perry, director of the CHS Institute for Family.

The Institute for Family advocates for family wellness in North Carolina and across the country. The Institute is based on listening to families, trusting their experience and working with them to inform and inspire policies and practices that value families. The Institute benefits from Children’s Home Society’s 120-year history of providing direct services to families involved in the child welfare system. The Institute’s impact extends beyond the boundaries of traditional programs to address the broader conditions families face that lead to child abuse.

Children’s Home Society is committed to its mission of advancing every child’s right to a permanent, safe, and loving home by providing top-quality, evidence-based programs and services to children and families throughout North Carolina. Our education and child welfare staff provided services to more than 20,000 people last year, educating and protecting families, supporting children and families through transitions and creating new families.

About Children’s Home Society of North Carolina
Children’s Home Society provides a network of services and supports throughout North Carolina to help build and maintain healthy, loving relationships in every family. For 120 years, Children’s Home Society has provided a broad spectrum of programs and services, including adoption, foster care, parenting education, family preservation and teen responsibility. Children’s Home Society believes in the importance of family, not only in a child’s life, but also in the foundation of a community. For more information, visit

  • Family Champion Award Winners from Children’s Home Society of NC

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