About Us

Welcome to Crossnore Communities for Children, where miracles happen every day.

For more than 100 years Crossnore Communities for Children has provided a Christian sanctuary of hope and healing for children and families.
Our holistic model allows us to care for and nurture each child’s mind, body and spirit.

Crossnore Communities for Children is a non-profit 501(c)3 child welfare organization supporting children and families in crisis from North Carolina. We offer a continuum of services for children at risk of entering the child welfare system, already part of the system, or aging out. Crossnore provides homes for children in foster care (both in community homes and on residential campuses). Additional services include outpatient and school-based therapy services, and transitional living services for older youth. We offer on-site medical care and trauma-informed clinical services. A wide variety of extra-curricular and enrichment activities makes Crossnore a unique place for children to live, learn and prosper. Our children come to us from all over North Carolina and range in age from 1-21. And we have a special focus on keeping sibling groups together. We are a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization, and we exist because of wonderfully generous donors and supporters.

“Our goal is to become the premier provider of children’s services in Western North Carolina.”

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Brett A. Loftis, JD, Chief Executive Officer

Crossnore Communities for Children has always been known as a place where lives are transformed and hope is restored. Here, we believe in miracles!

History of Crossnore Communities for Children

The Crossnore School was founded in 1913 by Drs. Eustace and Mary Martin Sloop. It first served as a boarding school for disadvantaged mountain children to live and learn. Today, Crossnore continues today to serve children in need from North Carolina. Children live, learn, and prosper in a loving home environment.

Similarly, The Children’s Home was founded in 1909. It served thousands of children for many years as an orphanage. Like The Crossnore School, The Children’s Home then began serving children in need in residential group foster care, as well as community-based services.

Together to Serve More Children

On January 1, 2017, the two organizations merged into Crossnore School & Children’s Home for the sole purpose of serving more children in western North Carolina. With three locations – one nestled on 86 acres in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain town of Crossnore, NC, the second located on 212 acres on the edge of downtown Winston-Salem, NC, and the third in the historic district of downtown Hendersonville, NC — we are committed to providing a sanctuary of hope and healing for children. We offer group residential foster care in homes on the Avery and Winston-Salem campuses, as well as community-based foster care and adoption services and clinical services at all three locations.

In June 2021, Crossnore updated its name to Crossnore Communities for Children to more adequately reflect our growth and the services we provide for children and families. Click on the button to the right to download an FAQ about this name update.

Crossnore Communities for Children is a 501(c)3 non-profit child welfare organization providing foster care and clinical services for children and families in North Carolina. LEARN MORE
Crossnore Communities for Children is a governed by a 28-member Board of Trustees. The Board serves as the governing body of the School. LEARN MORE
The Chief Executive Officer oversees the daily operations of the School and depends on his Executive Team to carry out the special work of healing children in crisis. LEARN MORE
Brett A. Loftis, JD is a child-advocacy attorney with years of experience caring for some of North Carolina’s most vulnerable children. Brett and his family came to Crossnore Communities for Children in 2013 to continue this important work. LEARN MORE
Consider service at Crossnore Communities for Children part of your personal journey. Staff of Crossnore work together in a close-knit team environment to provide hope and healing to children in crisis. Take a minute to review the current employment opportunities and see if your experience and passion match with Crossnore’s current needs. LEARN MORE