Foster Care and Adoptions


Foster Care for Children

  • Provides temporary care for children in the department’s custody
  • Children have usually been neglected/abused or dependent
  • Social Workers help families make a permanent plan for children in a safe environment in a timely manner
  • Children awaiting adoptive placement
Recruit, train, and supervise Foster Parents to assure safe and suitable environment for children    

To Become A Foster Parent You Must:

  • Be age 21 or older.

  • Be willing to be fingerprinted and have a criminal records check

  • Have a stable home and income

  • Maintain a drug-free environment

  • Complete all training and  be licensed by the state of North Carolina

Adoption Services

  • Help birth parents with decisions related to care of children
  • Find permanent homes for children available for adoption
  • Assess and complete study of prospective adoptive parents
  • Seek families most suited to child’s needs
  • Provide adoption assistance to special needs children

To Become An Adoptive Parent You Must:

  • Choose an adoption agency
  • Submit an application to adopt a child
  • Complete a pre-placement assessment
  • Work with your social worker to find the right child
  • Visit with your child
  • Bring your child home
  • Legalize the adoption in court

For more information about Foster Care and Adoptions contact: or call 828-733-8230 or
go to N
orth Carolina Department of Social Service Adoption and Foster Care Web Page.