programs-greenAngels Watch Respite Care

Angels Watch is a free statewide temporary care program that supports families who are undergoing a crisis situation and are in need of respite.  Crisis situations include, but are not limited to job loss, homelessness, medical emergencies, domestic violence or temporary loss of daycare.  The program helps by providing children ages 0-6,  and can have siblings up to age 10, a safe and temporary placement while their families resolve their crisis situation.  Children may stay in a licensed Angels Watch home for just one night or up to 90 days. 

Help is only a call away!

If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call our Angels Watch office throughout North Carolina:

  1. Primary office location:  Robeson County – (910) 635-6449
    Including: Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Bladen, Onslow, Duplin, and Pender counties. 
  2. Primary office location: Mecklenburg County – (980) 259-1000
    Including: Lincoln, Gaston, Stanly, Union, Cabarrus, and Cleveland counties. 
  3. Primary office location: Wake County – (919) 219-0365
    Including: Pitt, Craven, Edgecombe, Martin, Johnston, Washington, Bertie, Harnett, Franklin, Jones, and Wayne counties.  
  4. Primary office location: Buncombe County – (828) 772-8451
    Including: Henderson, McDowell, Madison, Haywood, Polk, Rutherford, Burke, Catawba, Swain, Caldwell, Yancey, Avery, Watauga, and Mitchell counties.

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programs-greenProject Respite Scholarship Program

A grant funded program for respite care for children and their families in Buncombe County.

Through the generous support of The United Way of Buncombe County and The Department of Health and Human Services, Respite Care Scholarships are available in Buncombe County.

The Respite Scholarship Program provides scholarship funds for families of children with serious emotional, behavioral, and/or mental or medical health issues or families impacted by toxic risk factors. These funds are used to obtain quality respite services for their children. Respite care provides temporary relief for parents and has been shown to reinforce behavioral and developmental skills, reduce out-of-home placements, and decrease negative behaviors.

Respite Scholarship Application 2016-2017

Contact Amy Hobson, Respite Coordinator at CARING for Children, for more information.


programs-greenTrinity Place: Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter

Trinity Place provides a safe place for children who need respite, children ages 7 to 17. The Shelter provides a place for children and their families to “take a break” and to find answers to the problems between the parent and child. Trinity Place can house up to six youths for periods of 21 days each. There is an awake staff member at all times so youth are welcome 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Every effort is made to contact the youth’s parents within 24 hours of arrival, and plans are made to get the youth to school, work, or other commitments while permanent living arrangements are being made. No fees are charged to the family.

Things were so bad at home, I knew I had to get out of there. Trinity Place gave me a safe place to stay while I worked on fixing my problems with my family. ~Todd, age 14

Contact Amy Hobson, Program Director, or call Trinity Place staff at (828) 253-7233.


  • Post Adoption Support Services (PASS)- PASS Is available to children and their families once adoptions are finalized. Services include counseling, crisis intervention, support groups, education, and training are available to children and families once adoptions are finalized. These services are designed to address the wide range of issues that adoptive families may face, including transracial adoption, the impact of prior sexual abuse, and attachment disorders. For children with emotional problems due to traumatic life events, PASS offers behavioral therapy to support the family and help the child heal from post-traumatic stress disorder.


  • Family Preservation Services (IFPS)- IFPS These services may include in-home interventions to help families at imminent risk of having a child removed from the home or to help families reintegrate children back into their homes after they have been in foster care or other out-of-home placements. Services are also provided to children in state custody or who may become involved with the child welfare or juvenile justice systems.


Referral Application

In order to make a referral to CARING for Children for consideration of services, please print out and complete a Referral Form.  Fax the form, along with a copy of the most recent PCP and Comprehensive Clinical Assessment (if available) to:  (828) 298-4870. Please note: You can also download this form, complete the form by typing in the appropriate fields within the PDF form and then email the completed form to Completion of the referral form does not guarantee that placement will be accepted. Thank you.