Foster Care

Our foster care unit provides services to children and families who have been separated due to a crisis in the home. The goal of our foster care unit is to provide children with a permanent placement within one year.Foster Care is a temporary living arrangement for abused, neglected, and dependent children who need a safe place to live when their parents or caretakers cannot take care of them. Foster families help children feel secure and assist them with tasks of normal development. Foster families also assist the child’s birth family toward reunification by providing information on the child’s progress, cooperating with visitation and offering support and encouragement to the child’s parent.To become a foster parent You must:

  • Be age 21 or older
  • Be willing to have a background (criminal record) check
  • Have a stable home and income
  • Maintain a drug-free environment
  • Complete all training and be licensed by the state of North Carolina

Foster home licensing and recruiting/training are also included in the Children Services Unit.
For more information on Foster Care please visit the North Carolina Division of Social Services-Foster Care page.