Carteret County Department of Social Services provides services to those interested in agency, relative, step-parent and independent adoptions. Adoption is a means of providing permanent placement for children who can never return to their family home. Adoptive homes are carefully assessed and, when approved, they must comply with state policy and legal procedures for adoption. Adoptive homes provide love, hope, and permanence to children who are legally freed for adoption.

The process for becoming a licensed foster parent is outlined below: