Basic Licensing Requirements for Foster Parents

Any adult who cares about children is encouraged to be come a licensed foster parent. In general, to be licensed:

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Have a stable home and income to meet your family's basic needs.
  • All members of the household must be in reasonably good physical, emotional, and mental health as documented by completion of a routine physical exam.
  • Maintain a drug free environment.
  • Be willing to be finger printed and have a criminal records check.
  • You must have adequate living and sleeping space for all family members and foster children.
  • Complete all required training and be licensed by the state of North Carolina.

Foster Inquiry Process

Social Services is always seeking families willing to provide temporary, safe, and nurturing homes for abused and/or neglected children. View an overview of the requirements, then call Social Services at 252-728-3181 to find out about becoming a Carteret County Foster Home. Tell us a little bit about your family by completing and submitting the secure online form. A Foster Care/Adoptions Social Worker will contact you to explain getting started with the process.