There is no direct fee to foster one of NC’s waiting children. However, there are fees related to becoming a licensed foster family, like paying for background checks, CPR and fingerprints.
Be 21 years of age or older
Legal resident of U.S. and North Carolina
Complete 30 hours of training provided by Seven Homes, the Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP), the North Carolina State recommended pre-certification program for potential foster/adoptive families.
Successfully complete of Seven Homes’ Medication Administration training
Provide current medicals and Health History for all household members
Provide an approved Fire Inspection Form facilitated by your local fire department for your home
Provide certified copies of ALL marriage and divorce verification (if applicable)
No felony convictions involving child abuse, spouse abuse, crimes involving violence, DWI (within last 5 years)
No substantiated Child Protective Service Investigations
Willing to submit to a thorough assessment of your family and home
Seven Homes works to train, educate, and provide foster parents for children who need placement outside their own homes. Some children need short-term foster care placement during a crisis, while others need care because of abuse or neglect. Families are needed to provide children with safe and loving home environments while a long-term, permanent plan is achieved for the child. We work in partnership with DHHS/DSS and a stipend is provided toward room, board, and clothing for the child.
The children that are placed into the state foster care program may:
Have been neglected, abused, or abandoned
Range from infancy through 18 years of age
Be part of a sibling group
Have special physical, medical and emotional needs
Represent all cultural and economic groups
On average, it takes 6-7 months. This is an average and is dependent on timely completion of paperwork and other aspects of the process.
The training helps you consider:
Is fostering/adopting for me?
Am I able to attach and bond to a child or children not born to me?
Am I able to learn to parent a child who has been neglected and/or abused?
What type of child can I successfully parent?
Am I willing to co-parent with the child’s biological parent/family member?
MAPP allows participates to interact with other individuals while affording the opportunity to gain insight into the needs of children who experience the child welfare system and how the child and their birth family are impacted.
Classes are offered throughout the year, and are generally schedule on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or Saturdays. Please call our office to find out when the next scheduled MAPP Class is or visit our MAPPS Training page.
Classes are offered at our offices.
Anyone over the age of 18 may attend, but you must be 21 to be a licensed foster parent. It is required to attend an Information Session prior to MAPPS Class.
You can be single or married. Male or female, live in an apartment, condo, or house. And be of any race, religion, or income.
Each child needs to have their own bed, drawer and closet space for their belongings and privacy. Children under the age of 5 of different genders may share a room depending on the needs of the children. Children, birth, foster or adopted, of the same gender may share a room at any age if they are within 5 years of each other and there are no behavioral concerns.
Foster care is not seen as income, so you must have the ability to pay your bills and sustain your household and family, separate from your foster care stipend.
Your doctor will need to provide documentation that you are able to provide for children and do not have a limited capacity to parent.
State law requires NC criminal record checks going back 5 years. If you have lived in NC for less than 5 years, you will need to obtain out-of-state background checks.
A child’s placement may be for as short as an overnight stay or longer than a year.
North Carolina requires foster parents to renew their licenses every two years.