The Transylvania Times -

Support The Child Act


May 10, 2018

What happens when children cannot be cared for by their parents or another family member? Foster homes are one solution, but our nation has too few to serve all the children in need. A successful alternative is the residential care home.

Black Mountain Home for Children and its Brevard satellite, Whitewater Cove, are excellent examples of residential care homes. They house a total of 94 children. County social service agencies with access to federal funding refer the children, and federal funding provides fully 50 percent of the cost of residential care. Donations account for the remaining 50 percent. In February 2018, 80 children were referred to Black Mountain Home, and in March, an additional 68 children were referred.

But today, residential care homes for children are at a critical crossroad. Federal funding for residential care homes is scheduled to be discontinued in October 2019 as a result of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). The FFPSA will redirect funding away from residential care homes to other services.

To prevent residential care homes from losing federal funding, Rep. Mark Meadows (R.-NC) has introduced HR 4983, the Caring Homes and Improved Lives for Dependents (CHILD) Act. The act states that when a “suitable family member is not available,” federal funding can be used for a cottage (residential care) home. At present, the CHILD Act is under consideration by the House Ways and Means Committee. If enough people support it, the CHILD Act has a good chance of passing.

Contact your senators, (Senator Richard Burr at Richard_Burr@burr.sen and Senator Thom Tillis at and urge them to support HR 4983, the CHILD Act, so that residential care homes can continue to provide a safe, caring environment for children. Please speak out on their behalf.

Judith B. Potter



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