In North Carolina there are over 10,000 children in foster care at any given time. By becoming a foster parent you provide a safe and welcoming temporary home environment during a time of crisis. CARING for Children, a program of Eckerd Kids, provides foster care services across the State of North Carolina and can help you become a licensed foster parent and support you through the entire process.
Currently foster parents serve both children in the custody of the Department of Social Services and those whose parents need assistance and have voluntarily placed them into the care of CARING for Children’s Angels Watch program.
Children who enter the foster care system through the Department of Social Services have been the victims of abuse and neglect and need a safe home. Children placed in foster homes through the Angels Watch program are voluntarily placed by their parents for up to 90 days while their family receives services to address whatever difficulties the family is experiencing. Regardless of how children enter CARING’s foster care programs, they need YOU to be a loving, caring, and supportive caregiver as a foster parent.
To Become a Foster Parent in NC, You Must:
- Be 21 to 75 years of age
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Undergo a background check
- Have a private bedroom to accommodate foster children
- Offer proof of financial stability
- Undergo 30 hours of pre-service and follow-up training
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Interested in becoming a foster parent or have a question not covered in the FAQs? Contact us today!
Prefer to contact us by phone? Call (828) 775-0837.