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Become a Foster Parent

Children and teens deserve a chance to be supported in a nurturing, safe and structured family environment

Children with advanced behavioral and mental health needs or challenges show better results when supported in a home rather than a mental health facility.

Foster parents take on all of the roles that a birth parent does: building trust with their foster children; providing emotional support; and having patience, resilience and confidence to deal with situations that arise. Foster parents champion their foster children and provide a stable home environment in which each child can thrive. No two foster families are the same and we actively seek out foster parents with different life experiences.

Frequently asked questions about becoming a foster parent

Are you curious to learn more about what it takes to become an Easterseals UCP foster parent? Use the FAQ below to discover if becoming a foster parent is right for you.

What can you expect as an Easterseals UCP Foster Parent?

We offer a comprehensive model of 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 child or children in your care.

We provide:

  • 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!
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Who can become a Foster Parent with Easterseals UCP?

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.

Minimum requirements to become a Foster Parent:

  • 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.
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What is the certification process to become a Foster Parent?

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.

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What are the ongoing expectations after licensing?

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.
    • Traditional Family Foster- Staff visit the home at least once a month.
    • Therapeutic and Intensive Alternative Family Treatment- Staff do weekly home visits.
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Become a foster parent.