How to Become a Foster Parent

How To Become A Foster Parent in North Carolina

Foster Care Agency Fayetteville, Charlotte, Laurinburg, & Lumberton, NC

“Every child has a right to be a member of a healthy and supportive family.”

According to the North Carolina Department of Social Services, to be eligible as a foster parent, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Over 21 years old
  • Have a stable, drug-free home environment
  • Have steady employment
  • Undergo a criminal background check and give fingerprints
  • Provide references
  • Be trained and licensed as a foster parent by the state
Unfortunately, in the past few years, the number of children in need of foster care has risen, due to state unemployment rates, poverty, and the growing opioid crisis. Now more than ever, children and teens alike need loving, caring homes where they can feel supported and grow to the best of their ability. You could be the difference in one child's life.
Become A Foster Parent | Fayetteville & Wilmington, NC | Unity Home Care, Inc.

7 Tips for Becoming a Great Foster Family

  1. The first and most important rule to becoming a great foster parent/family is to remember that these children need a temporary home. Fostering a child can sometime lead to adoption, but it should not be seen as the pathway to adoption. 
  2. It’s never about money, it is about offering a child in need a safe haven. 
  3. Expect it to be hard, it is often a great challenge to love unconditionally but temporarily. The child will often not make it easy on you either.
  4. Love the child as your own, foster children need to be loved and accepted more than anyone. 
  5. Present your child as your child, the child needs to feel accepted and part of the family. Don’t introduce them as your foster child or newest addition.
  6. Don’t judge, the child, his/her upbringing or the biological parents. 
  7. Don’t think of yourself as a savior, think of yourself as a safe and loving haven along the way.

You Can Make A Difference Today

When you become a foster parent, you should also know that foster children will receive Medicaid and WIC (as age appropriate) and that daycare assistance may be available, too. Other types of government aid will be explained to you during your foster parent training.

Foster parents assist in providing a safe and stable environment while the child is in foster care. Thank you for considering helping someone else who needs it. Please get in touch with us if you would like to become a foster parent, or have any questions or concerns.
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