Durham County Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Children, Their Families and Service Providers

Feb 15, 2006
Network of Care

DURHAM, N.C. – Durham County today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies involved with children and youths ages 0-18. Network of Care for Children & Family Services is a “No Wrong Door” online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. This site can greatly assist families in finding the best services for their children, from insurance coverage to local services. It’s a better way to connect the community that cares for our children.

Sponsored by an innovation grant from the State of California in partnership with Durham County, Network of Care for Children & Family Services (www.networkofcare.org) is a pilot program for North Carolina and the nation. Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with children’s issues, Network of Care for Children & Family Services ensures they will find what they need. The new Web site will enable people to educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their children’s activities, interactions and important records.

Network of Care for Children & Family Services provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 500 service providers in Durham County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about child care, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning children’s issues.

To increase accessibility and accommodate Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant and Bobby-approved. Network of Care also is available in multiple languages.

Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve children, by embracing Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards and chat rooms. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.

Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains Network of Care for Children & Family Services and all of the other California Network of Care Web sites, including Network of Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities, currently serving one-third of California’s population and the entire State of Oregon; Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health, now serving counties in several states; Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities, and Network of Care for Domestic Violence. Based on requests from across the nation, Trilogy is also developing a Network of Care site for community health.

For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.