Foster Care/Adoption Information


What is a foster parent?

A foster parent is a person who cares for children/youth who are not in their custody, children and youth who have entered the foster care system. Foster parenting is an opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life during a time of crisis. Foster parents care about children and are willing and able to provide care and nurturing for the duration of the child's stay in foster care. Foster family care is a temporary arrangement until a child’s permanent plan is achieved, such as return to their own families or adoption. Foster parents are asked to complete an application, submit to home assessments and attend training. Foster families must demonstrate financial and emotional stability, responsibility and a willingness to work with the agency that supervises their home.

I am interested, what is the first step?

Watch the online foster parent orientation video.  This video will give you a general overview of the process to becoming a licensed foster home.  It may also raise some questions for you.  You may use this form in order to let us know you are interested and would like more information.  In addition, you can call us at (252) 728-3181 ext. 6170.

General Requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have adequate income to support yourself without the foster care stipend
  • Be physically able to care for kids.  Every member of the household will need to have a physical and physical form filled out by their doctor to ensure they are fit to be a foster parent or to live in a home with foster children.  If you meet certain criteria, a TB test may also be required
  • Allow us to run criminal background checks.  This includes a fingerprint check completed by the state and a criminal and abuse registry check.
  • Complete all required training


  • Every prospective foster parent in the state of North Carolina must take a 30 hour pre-service training called TIPS-MAPP, Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting.  This class takes place 1 day a week for 10 weeks.  The class is typically from 6-9 PM so working family members can attend.
  • Prior to receiving your first placement, you must also complete CPR/First Aid training.  This class will typically take 6 hours.  Carteret Community College offers this course approximately once per month.  Their upcoming class dates are listed here.  Be sure you register for "Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED ."
  • Every 2 years a family must be re-licensed to continue to foster.  You are required to have continued training throughout this 2 year period, for 20 "in-service" hours.  These hours can come from many sources, such as group training we may offer, community training, online webinars, and some reading materials.