Basic Requirements for Foster Parents and Adoptive Parent
Any adult who cares about children is encouraged to become a licensed foster parent. Some general requirements are:
- Be a resident of Alamance County
- You must be at least 21 years of age.
- You must have a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED)
- You can be single, married, divorced or widowed.
- You must have enough living and sleeping space for all family members and foster children.
- You own your home or rent
- You can have children already in the household or no children in the existing household.
- You must have stable family support relationships.
- You must be able to provide adequate supervision to the foster child.
- You must have a stable income to meet your family's basic needs.
- You must have the ability to provide good physical, emotional, and spiritual care to the foster or adoptive children.
- All members of the household must be in good physical, emotional, and mental health as documented by completion of a routine physical exam.
- Each household must have a fire inspection.
- You must have a telephone.
- All foster parents are required to complete 30 hours of pre-service foster parent training, and 10 hours of in-service training annually.
- When you have completed an agency application, one of our social workers will do a home study.
- A background check will be completed on each household member over age 18.