On Saturday, June 11, NC First Lady Kristin Cooper attended the Children's Home Society Raleigh Family Picnic to meet with children, families, and prospective foster parents and celebrate the Triangle's local foster care community. The Children’s Home Society’s annual Family Picnic is one in a series of statewide events held throughout North Carolina to celebrate the guardians and families who are dedicated to supporting the state’s children in the foster care system.

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In May, Blue Cross NC’s Healthy Blue Medicaid plan teamed up with Comfort Cases, an international non-profit dedicated to providing hope and dignity to youth in foster care, to host a “Packing Party” where hundreds of backpacks were filled with new personal care items for youth entering the foster care system. At the picnic, Children’s Home Society received 60 of the prepacked backpacks, personally handed out by First Lady Cooper. The donated “Comfort Cases” will provide children with necessities including pajamas, a book, a blanket, hygiene kits to support their wellness and educational needs during their transition into foster care.

“Driven by our purpose to make health care work better for all, Blue Cross NC is committed to supporting the well-being of children in foster care and their families,” said Angela Boykin, VP, Government Operations, Chief Compliance Officer Healthy Blue. “We thank First Lady Cooper, Children’s Home Society and Comfort Cases for their work toward this shared vision.”

"Roy and I are incredibly grateful for organizations like the Children's Home Society in North Carolina,” said First Lady Cooper. “As a Guardian ad Litem, I have worked with families in the foster care system and know the impact of community-driven projects like this one. It's an honor to join efforts today!”

Blue Cross NC is proud to partner with organizations supporting the wellbeing of children in foster care and their families in North Carolina.