Florence Crittenton Services (FCS) was established by Charlotte civic and religious leaders in 1903. After an article was published reporting the suicide of a 16-year-old who was single and pregnant, citizens joined forces to provide a safe place and understanding, rather than condemnation, for single, pregnant women. That same year, Charles Crittenton and Dr. Kate Waller Barrett made their way to Charlotte and incorporated the home into the Crittenton Family of Agencies. Since then, over 40,000 women, adolescents and babies have received support through Florence Crittenton Services.

Florence Crittenton Services of North Carolina provides comprehensive health, educational, and social services for single pregnant and non-pregnant adolescent women, mothers and their babies in a trauma-informed environment. FCS offers 3 residential programs the Maternity Program, Sarah’s House and Legacy Hall. They also offer in-home visitation services through their Aftercare Parenting Education Program (APEP), to carry out their mission of providing health and hope.

FCS’ Maternity Program is available to pregnant adolescents and women experiencing a range of crises, including homelessness, abuse or neglect, substance abuse, human trafficking, foster care system involvement, health risks at birth, or alienation from their families due to their pregnancy. The Sarah’s House Program is designed to educate and empower new young mothers who are in custody of the Department of Social Services. This program helps to focus on early child development through 24/7 staff and educational groups and classes.

Legacy Hall is FCS’ Independent Living Skills Program for adolescents and young women in the foster care system. Legacy Hall provides vocational, life and social skills training with an individualized service plan that includes case management, counseling, medical care and educational support.

The Aftercare Parenting Education Program (APEP) is a follow-up program for adolescents and women who have completed the Maternity or Sarah’s House Programs that provides specialized services for up to three years through home visits with a FCS social worker. The program helps mothers in maintain safe homes and healthy relationships and provides access to resources for her family.

Additional services provided throughout FCS include substance abuse treatment and prevention, health care, scholarships, Nurturing Parenting education, group and individual counseling, life skills training, vocational and education services, and a Healthy Relationship Curriculum.

Diane Thompson is CEO of Florence Crittenton Services (FCS), located in Charlotte, NC, serving all counties in North Carolina and three bordering South Carolina counties. She earned her Masters Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has worked at FCS for 35 years, committed to the goal of empowering and equipping women and their families.