An individual must be 21 years of age or older to foster or adopt a child.
Foster Homes: Married, single, separated, divorced and widowed parents may be licensed.
If applicants are married, they must be married for at least one (1) year prior
Adoptions: Married, single, divorced, and widowed parents may adopt. It is suggested that couples be married 3 years before adopting.
Must be a legal resident of Forsyth County.
Must be sufficient to meet own needs. Financial statement must be completed for
initial licensure and relicensure.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have applied for Emergency Assistance (EA) to help with your rent, lights, foods, etc., from any public or private agency within the last year, you cannot be considered as an applicant for the foster care program. You may apply one year from your last request for Emergency Assistance. The one year waiting period may be extended in some cases.
The State of North Carolina requires thirty (30) hours of pre-service training. An additional 20 hours of training is required biennially (at least 10 hours per year) for relicensure. BOTH HUSBAND AND WIFE MUST COMPLETE ALL TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.
Several consultations are required to complete the family assessment. There are minimum quarterly face-to-face contacts by Foster Home Licensing Worker after licensing. In addition, during the Home Study process, the following will also be completed:
Completion of the above licensing requirements does not guarantee that a family will be licensed as foster parents or approved for adoption.