Children’s home now Nazareth Child & Family Connection

Published 12:17 pm Wednesday, February 17, 2016

ROCKWELL — Nazareth Children’s Home has changed its name to Nazareth Child & Family Connection, reflecting the nonprofit organization’s expansion of services and geographic market.

Founded in 1906, Nazareth is a nationally accredited organization providing a continuum of care, including residential treatment, therapeutic care, mental health and outpatient substance abuse care services to individuals in Rowan, Davidson and Cabarrus counties.

“Nazareth Child & Family Connection is a name that captures the breadth of care provided by Nazareth today,” said Vernon Walters, president and CEO of Nazareth. “Our values and commitment to children and families needing support have not changed.

“Our mission in helping children who have experienced the trauma of being removed from their families and to re-establish connections to self and loved ones applies well to the outpatient mental health and counseling services we provide.”

Changing the name was the result of a process that included research and participation by Nazareth’s board of directors and staff. The process took more than nine month to complete according to Walters.

Nazareth acquired Carolina Counseling and Consultation in 2012, expanding its mental health and substance abuse services. Its main offices remain on a 200-acre campus in Rockwell. Three outpatient therapy and substance abuse offices complement Nazareth’s residential campus.

Accredited by the Council on Accreditation and licensed by the State of North Carolina’s Department for Health & Human Services and Division of Social Services, Nazareth has a staff of more than 100 employees with four physicians and 15 licensed counselors. The organization’s record and accreditations are important, as funding for child welfare, mental health and other behavioral health services faces intense scrutiny in an environment of increasing needs and provider consolidation.

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