What is foster care?
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.
Who are the children that come into foster care?
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
I want to help, but I don’t know a lot about children in foster care
During the licensing process, the MAPP training provides education on why children need foster care, the effects of separation from birth family, and their fears.
What does it cost to foster?
There is no fee to foster one of NC’s waiting children.
What are the requirements for me to be licensed through Seven Homes?
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
How long does it take to get licensed?
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.
What are the benefits of the Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP)?
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.
When do the classes take place?
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.
Where are the classes located?
Classes are offered at our Greensboro or Charlotte office, please call our office to find out when and where the MAPP classes are scheduled.
Who can attend?
Anyone can attend the MAPP class training at Seven Homes, we encourage all families to come to an informational session before hand. If you are planning on attending, please call the office and RSVP
How much does the training cost?
There is no cost to attend the training.
Who can adopt?
You can be single or married. Male or female, live in an apartment, condo, or house. And be of any race, religion, or income.
I would like to adopt; do I have to get licensed?
Yes, to adopt a child from the foster care system, Seven Homes requires families to be licensed.
Do I have to have transportation or a Driver’s License?
Foster parents must be able to provide transportation to assist with doctor appointments, visitation, therapy, school, and other appointments.
How many bedrooms do I need?
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.
Is there an income requirement?
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.
Can you become a foster or adoptive parent if you have a disability?
Your doctor will need to provide documentation that you are able to provide for children and do not have a limited capacity to parent.
Is fingerprinting required?
You are required to provide fingerprints so that the state can facilitate both an SBI and FBI check.
Are there any special criminal record check requirements?
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.
Do I have to be a resident of NC?
Can foster parents work outside the home?
Yes, either or both foster parents can work out of the home.
How long is a foster care placement?
A child’s placement may be for as short as an overnight stay or longer than a year.
Do I have to complete additional training once I have become a licensed foster parent?
Yes, Seven Homes foster parents are required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of training each year.
Do I have to take any child that is sent to me?
No. You have the right to accept or reject any placement.
How often do I have to renew my license?
North Carolina requires foster parents to renew their licenses every two years.