Become a foster parent and help a foster child live their best life
No two foster children are the same and no two foster families are the same! We actively seek out foster parents with different life experiences. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, join one of our webinars to meet the team and learn more about how you can start the process of being a foster parent.
You’re invited! Foster Parent Info Sessions take place every other Tuesday at 5PM via Zoom. Click on the registration link below and find a session that is most convenient for you.
If you’d like to talk to someone, please fill out our online inquiry form or call our Foster Parent Recruitment Specialist at 252-624-1797.
Frequently asked questions about becoming a foster parent
Want to learn more about fostering? Discover answers to your questions below.
No! Renters can foster, but you must have adequate space for a foster child including a furnished bedroom.
Nope! We license all kinds of families: retirees, two parent households, one parent households and same sex couples. If there are two parents, both must go through the licensure process.
Yes! We will need to know when and where you are traveling, but we encourage you to include the child in all your family activities! If your travel plans will exceed 72 hours, we must obtain written approval from the child’s legal guardian.
It depends on the case. Visitation between the child and birth parent(s) is typically a gradual process. It is best for the child to form a relationship with their parent(s) if the plan is for the child to return home. We encourage safe and appropriate communication between foster and birth parent(s) for the benefit of the child.
Yes, to some extent. We make every effort to match kids to the appropriate family based on needs, preferences and family makeup. But we do need some flexibility on your part!
Feeling genuine attachment to a foster child is a good thing! It is a vital part of healthy development for kids, especially ones that have had past trauma. Though it may hurt to say goodbye to a foster child, the benefits that come from a healthy relationship will be worth it.
Every child deserves to find a permanent home. This may mean returning the child to their primary parents. However, in some cases, you might consider adopting a child who is clear for adoption. Becoming a permanent parent can be challenging, but it is rewarding and can ensure you always have a place in the child’s life.
Ready to take the next step to become a foster parent?
Discover what it takes to become a foster parent below.
We offer ongoing training and support to all foster families. Our goal is to ensure that you have a complete understanding of the process and the skills you need to create a nurturing environment for the foster kid(s) in your care.
- Training and education to empower you as a child behavior expert.
- Professional support to ensure your success.
- Connection to a network of caring families.
- The opportunity to experience the rewards of helping a child succeed!
Successful foster parents are caring, committed, open-minded, dependable, tolerant, consistent, patient and willing to try different parenting styles for children with different needs. Having a flexible schedule and demonstrating the ability to work as a member of our team are crucial for success.
- Be at least 21 years old.
- Have a high school diploma and demonstrate the ability to complete documentation requirements.
- Pass background clearances.
- Be in good physical health.
- Own or rent a home that meets licensure requirements by the state of North Carolina (including a separate bedroom for the foster child and able to pass safety inspections).
- Be employed or show sufficient income to support yourself and family.
- Have adequate insurance and a safe vehicle to transport children to appointments, school and other activities.
As a foster parent, you will be entrusted with providing a safe and nurturing home environment for a child. Therefore, we will need to conduct a comprehensive home study to determine whether you’re prepared to welcome a child into your home. The process is lengthy, but the rewards of seeing a child flourish in your care are worth it. Easterseals UCP’s Foster Care staff will be there for you every step of the way to help guide you through this process.Apply Now
Once a child has been placed into your care, you will be required to complete the following activities in order to keep your foster parent license:
- Participate in ongoing annual training (minimum of 10 hours per year).
- Enter daily progress notes in the child electronic health record. This requires access to an internet-enabled device and moderate computer skills.
- Meet with Easterseals UCP’s Foster Care staff regularly.
No. Children in foster care receive Medicaid and we give you a monthly stipend to cover other costs associated with caring for the child.Apply Now
We offer comprehensive training that focuses on addressing children with trauma and challenging behaviors. Once a child is in your home, our team will provide you with continued guidance and support. Your Child Placement Coordinator will meet with you on a recurring bases to discuss strategies. Overnight respite is also available to offer you breaks and team members are available 24/7 for crisis support if needed.Apply Now
Become a foster parent.