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Assisting parents and children in crisis can be challenging, but a new Web site launched by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work should make it easier for communities and professionals to help strengthen families.
The North Carolina Clearinghouse on Family and Child Well-being is run by the Family and Children’s Resource Program and it connects individuals and North Carolina agencies including schools, courts, and human services, with training opportunities and information they need to prevent and respond to child maltreatment and family violence.
Strowd Roses Inc. and the Triangle Community Foundation have pledged grants totaling $375,000 to the Carolina Center for Public Service at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a three-year project that will benefit students in Carrboro, Ephesus Road and Frank Porter Graham elementary schools.
The School of Social Work lost a beloved teacher, advocate and volunteer when Florence Soltys died on September 27, 2007. Known in North Carolina and across the nation as a leading expert and fearless advocate for people as they aged, she died of a heart attack. Soltys had been involved in an automobile accident Sept. 18 and had a stroke after she was hospitalized for treatment of injuries from the car's airbag deployment.
Sam and Betsy Reeves of Fresno, Calif., have donated $1 million to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to establish the Sandra Reeves Spears and John B. Turner Distinguished Professorship at the School of Social Work.
The gift enables the school to establish an endowed chair to attract a leading scholar who will teach students methods of working with families, engagement with community agencies and promoting best practice models.