How do I begin the process of becoming a Foster Parent?

A:

In North Carolina you can become a foster parent through a Public Agency or a Private Agency. The Public Agency will be the Department of Social Services in the County where you reside. The Private Agency can be any agency in North Carolina that is licensed by the state as a Child Placing Agency. 

For potential foster families, there are advantages and disadvantages to each. The primary difference between the two is that with a Public Agency, it would be rare to have a child placed with you from outside the county where you reside, whereas, in a Private Agency a child from any of the 100 counties can be placed in your home.  It is important to research which type of agency would work best for your family.