Foster Care North Carolina

In 2022 there were 10,246 children in foster care in North Carolina.

Be part of the solution to help children and families.

Start with a consultation to learn more about foster care and the children we serve.

Ready to take the first step? Start your application today!

Next TIPS-MAPP Cohort

Will be held in the fall of 2024!

Admission to Deciding Together training is considered on a rolling basis.


What to Expect:

    • Foster families provide 24/7 care to foster children and youth with family reunification goals.
    • On average it takes 6-8 months to become licensed
    • Foster families will partner with CAS, DSS, & the child(ren)’s family system for best possible futures.
    • Dedicated and individualized support throughout your journey
    • Referrals for children & youth aged 0-18 in all 100 counties
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    • Monthly financial assistance

How to Get Started:

    • Require pre-application Register Here
    • A CAS professional will contact you to plan your next steps once application is received
    • Complete training and licensure. 
      • 2 options for training! See more below.
    • Complete your Mutual Home Assessment with the CAS team.
    • Once training and mutual home assessment are completed, your application is submitted to NCDHHS for approval.
    • Once approved, you are eligible for placement of children!

Training Options:

    • TIPS-MAPP: A 30-hour trauma informed pre-service training that provides prospective foster families with information on grief, loss, challenging behaviors, shared parenting, and more. CAS offers 2 training cohorts per year; 1 in the spring and 1 in the fall. There is no charge for this training. Every foster parent seeking to become licensed must attend. 
    • Deciding Together: The same information and curriculum contained in TIPS-MAPP but provided in a one-on-one setting. Admission to this training is offered to families with unconventional employment schedules on a rolling basis! There is a $100 fee for this training option to cover the cost of the required books.


    • Must be 21 years old or older with a safe home and the ability to pass a criminal background check. We welcome married couples, single parents, and couples in committed partnerships. 
    • We welcome families from all races, ethnicities, & cultural backgrounds!
    • You do not have to own your own home – renting is acceptable.
    • Must be able to prove financial stability.

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