AGAPE of NC Inc. was incorporated in 1982 by the North Carolina area Churches of Christ as a Christian social service agency to provide help to children and families in need. The first Executive Director was hired in 1982 and the agency received its child placing license from the state of North Carolina in 1982.
The Agency’s offices were first housed in Greensboro and have remained there until October of 2013 when they were relocated to Raleigh North Carolina.
AGAPE of NC is governed by a Board of Directors made up of members from area Churches of Christ. The basic role of the board is to set broad policies for the agency, monitor it’s functioning and ensure its financial solvency. The board hires an Executive Director who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency and to whom the staff report.
Currently, AGAPE of NC provides foster care, adoptions and counseling services. As a licensed child placing agency, AGAPE’s programs comply with state rules and laws regulating services. However, the agency aspires to exceed just meeting minimum standards by striving for excellence in all areas of service.
AGAPE of NC exists to provide professional social services as a compassionate Christian outreach to children and families in need in order to strengthen families.
Acceptance of Christian Mission
AGAPE of NC recognizes the authority and autonomy of the leaders of individual congregations of the church of Christ and their responsibility for the spiritual leadership of the members within that congregation. AGAPE does not judge the merits of any one congregation; and board members, employees, adoptive parents, foster parents, etc., are selected on their individual merits and approved spiritually upon the references given from the local minister and the local leadership of generally recognized congregations of the church of Christ. The agency staff shall at all times be concerned with the strengthening of the elder-member relationship.
Since AGAPE of NC is a Christian child placing agency affiliated with the Churches of Christ and supported and governed by members of that body, only individuals who can accept and support our mission statement and who can effectively support and relate to our foster parents for whom religious beliefs are important will be employed by AGAPE of NC . All employee/contractors will be qualified for employment by virtue of the education, experience and skills necessary for their positions.
Employee/contractors/volunteers are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with Christian principles and maintain the highest of ethical, moral and professional standards of behavior.
Guiding Principles and Values
The following statement reflects the values and guiding principles that each staff member working at AGAPE must aspire to uphold.
“As a group of individuals connected by our working for AGAPE of NC and united in the cause of serving children and families in need, we collectively desire to maintain a working environment that is characterized by AGAPE’s principles, values and ideals. Therefore, all employee/contractors/volunteers are expected to uphold the following.
We will work conscientiously, knowing our jobs are an extension of the church in ministry to children and families.
We will accept the responsibility entrusted to us by our generous supporters to use their funds efficiently in all we do.
We will be compassionate and considerate to each other and treat all people with dignity, respect and honor.
We will endeavor to keep our office a loving and positive environment where we encourage and uplift each other.
Our behavior and attitudes will be tempered with patience, understanding and tolerance as we deal with others on a daily basis.
We will treat all clients, especially the children in our care, with proper respect and professional care, agreeing not to harm or mistreat a child in any way. This includes physical and sexual abuse and the neglect of a child.”
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