Mr. Duke noted in his Indenture that through the creation of The Duke Endowment he “endeavored to make provision for the needs of mankind along physical, mental and spiritual lines….” For our program area, Mr. Duke emphasized the importance of family and child well-being when he said, “…while nothing can take the place of a home and its influences, every effort should be made to safeguard and develop” children with no family or those at risk of not having a family.
We believe the name Child and Family Well-Being better communicates our identity – what we value, our founder’s mandate and what we believe is optimum for children and families.
Over the past three decades, the child welfare sector has focused its work on providing safety, permanence and well-being to children in the foster care system or those at risk of entering it.
Safety and permanence are well-defined, but well-being has been a more elusive concept to nail down. We believe in order to really help children, you have to help the whole child, within the context of their families. And by emphasizing well-being in our title, we are signaling our commitment to pursue that ideal.
We thank all our partners who have joined us in helping uplift children and families across the Carolinas, and look forward to continuing this important work.
For more on the name change, visit our Q&A with the staff of the Child and Family Well-Being program area.