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Thompson Children Family Services Charlotte A Childs Place

A Child’s Place – McKinney-Vento (MCV)

100% of families felt more confident in their ability to meet their needs

94% of parents increased their Arizona Self-Sufficiency Score

Our History


A Child’s Place

A Child’s Place began in 1989 when several women were walking through Settlers Cemetery in Uptown Charlotte and noticed children playing during school hours. At that time, children were not allowed to enroll in public schools without a permanent address – the women decided to take action.

Started in a room at First Presbyterian Church with 27 children

McKinney-Vento Act passed, protecting educational rights of homeless children

Working to improve the wellbeing of children and families experiencing homelessness in Charlotte

Homeless Students

Meeting the Needs

A Child’s Place (ACP) is a specialized, intensive case management program for families and children experiencing homelessness. Our case managers focus on three key priorities: access to community resources, engage in healthy and supportive relationships, and increase self-sufficiency.

Referrals to community resources may include referrals for help with food insecurities, furniture and household items, connection to legal support for advice or counseling, family education classes, housing vouchers for those eligible, referrals to Thompson programs and external providers for mental health support, and support in getting into credit recovery programs.

Our ACP social workers will work with families of children of any grade – identified as McKinney-Vento (homeless). CMS is one of our referral partners as year over year they have enrollments of over 4,000 students experiencing homelessness. Our ACP social workers work with the families to identify goals and chart a path to reach them.


What do we do?

We Stabilize.

We Socialize.

We Mobilize.

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