Are you interested in becoming a foster parent?
Children in our community are in need of loving homes. By becoming a foster parent, you provide children and youth with a safe, loving, temporary home and make it possible for them to stay in the same school, participate in familiar activities, and stay connected to their parents and siblings.
Types of Foster Care
Foster parents provide care and support for children until a permanent plan is implemented. They should be committed to working in partnership with birth family members and child welfare professionals.
Emergency Foster Care
Emergency caregivers provide short-term care for children placed in protective state custody, until a relative or foster family placement is found.
Therapeutic Foster Care
Provide specialized care in order to help the child heal from trauma and provide care for children with significant medical conditions or intellectual and developmental delays.
Relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins are the first desirable option to provide a safe and caring environment for children.
Respite caregivers provide short-term care, typically evening or weekend care, for a child currently living with another foster family. Providing respite care is a great way to see if foster parenting is right for you.
A private foster care agency is licensed by the state to provide services in conjunction with DHHS.
Private agencys often provide placement for children who need a specific level of care or in a particular demographic.
6 Skills to Master
"To help you prepare, we've compiled a checklist of key considerations and skills needed to be a successful foster parent. While there is much more to fostering a child and knowing for sure that you're ready, this list is a great place to start..."
Becoming A Foster Parent
"All types of foster parents are needed in every part of our country. Being a successful foster parent is hard work and it requires opening yourself and your home. Yet, foster parenting can be the most gratifying work you will ever consider. The heart of it, of course, is working with children and their families..."
How to Foster and/or Adopt in NC
"The processes of becoming a foster and or adoptive parent in North Carolina involves a thorough assessment and mutual selection process that includes home visits, interviews, and criminal background checks...."
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Ways You Can Help
"From high involvement to lower involvement, myriad ways exist to show your support for children in foster care. "
State Vs. Private Agency
"You have an interest in foster care and would like to get started. You’ve done a little digging around to find that your city has two different agencies you could go through: a state agency and a private agency. So which should you choose? "