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Thompson is the premier provider of clinical and prevention services  for children and families across the Carolinas. The Charlotte, N.C. - based nationally accredited nonprofit agency changes the lives of at-risk children and families through therapy, education and care. Annually, Thompson impacts more than 12,000 children and families from its 4 locations specializing in clinical and behavioral treatment, developmental education and proactive care.

With more than 200 employees, and a 130-year-old mission of care, Thompson serves children and families through healing, teaching, worship and play.


  • Founded as an orphanage of the Episcopal Church in 1886.
  • Expanded scope of services in the 1970s, adding services for children in trauma as a result of abuse and neglect.  
  • Evolved in the 1990s by adding educational and prevention programs.
  • Merged with The Family Center in 2008.
  • Completed a $10 million Capital Campaign in June 2009 to build an additional four-cottage complex at Thompson’s residential campus in Matthews, and a 24,000-square-foot Early Childhood Services Center on Clanton Road.
  • Established a partnership in 2012 with the Boys & Girls Homes of N.C. to expand regional access to mental health and child welfare community services in Durham and Fayetteville, N.C.    
  • Merged with York Place in June 2013. York Place, founded in 1850 by the Episcopal Diocese of S.C., provides therapeutic mental health and community support services for children and families now as a division of Thompson.
  • Relocated its Family Services Center to the fragile Grier Heights neighborhood in October 2013, increasing its capacity to serve 30 percent more children and families.

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6800 Saint Peter’s Lane
Matthews, NC 28105
Phone: 704-536-0375
Fax: 704-531-9266

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