The goal of foster parenting is to make a temporary care
commitment to the child while working toward reuniting the child with his/her birth family. Foster families help
children feel secure and assist the child with the 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.
Basic Licensing Requirements
for Foster Parents
Any adult who cares about
children is encouraged to become a licensed foster parent. In general, to be licensed:
- You must be 21 years of
- If married, you must have
been married for one year. Single people are also eligible.
- You must have adequate
living and sleeping space for all family members and foster children.
- You must be able to provide
adequate supervision to the foster child.
- You must have enough income
to meet your family’s basic needs.
- All members of the household
must be in reasonably good physical, emotional, and mental health as documented by completion of a routine
- Each household must have a
- All foster parents are
required to complete 30 hours of pre-service foster parent training, and 10 hours of in-service training
- When you have completed an
agency application, one of our social workers will do a home study.
- A fingerprint check will be
completed on each household member over age 18.
Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting is a 30 hour
course that teaches you to be a great parent. Classes are conducted over a 10 week period; one night
per week for 3 hours.
One moment that you foster could
be a positive lifetime experience in a Child’s life.
For additional information
on becoming a Foster Parent, please call (704) 487-0661 and ask to speak with a Foster/Adoption Licensing Social Worker.