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.