Foster Care

About Foster Care

All children deserve safe, permanent, and nurturing homes. Foster Care is temporary care for children who have the ultimate goal of returning home to their birth parents or other relatives. Children who have been physically abused, sexually abused, neglected or emotionally maltreated are given a family life-experience in an agency-approved, certified or licensed home for a planned, temporary period of time.

Foster Parenting is about believing and investing in the future by helping children and families who have experienced difficult circumstances. Prospective Foster Parents must attend the required 30-hour TIPS-MAPP training. The training will help you decide if fostering is a good match for your family and answer a lot of questions about the foster care system. TIPS-MAPP is a mutual decision process and an applicant can select out or be selected out by the agency if it is determined the applicant may not be a good fit of the children and families served by the agency.

Basic Licensing Requirements for Foster Parents

Any adult who cares about children is encouraged to be come a licensed foster parent. In general, to be licensed:

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Have a stable home and income to meet your family's basic needs.
  • All members of the household must be in reasonably good physical, emotional, and mental health as documented by completion of a routine physical exam.
  • Maintain a drug free environment.
  • Be willing to be finger printed and have a criminal records check.
  • You must have adequate living and sleeping space for all family members and foster children.
  • Complete all required training and be licensed by the state of North Carolina.

Foster Inquiry Process

Social Services is always seeking families willing to provide temporary, safe, and nurturing homes for abused and/or neglected children. View an overview of the requirements, then call Social Services at 252-728-3181 to find out about becoming a Carteret County Foster Home. Tell us a little bit about your family by completing and submitting the secure online form. A Foster Care/Adoptions Social Worker will contact you to explain getting started with the process.