Getting Started

I am interested, what is the first step?

Watch the online foster parent orientation video below.  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.  Please use the form here 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


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.  Depending on the time of year, class takes place 1 day a week for 10 weeks or 2 days a week for 5 weeks.  The class is typically from 6-9 PM so that working family members can attend.  Couples must attend the class together.
  • 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 here.  Be sure you register for "Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED ."