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Foster and adoptive care in North Carolina: Getting started

Adoption is a great way to take in a child and expand your family. You should fully investigate your options before you adopt, so you can be certain that it's right for you. To start with, you may want to participate in a foster care program, but if not, then adoption may be the way to go. In either case, your attorney can help. You need to review the documents you need and go through several legal steps before you can ever take in a child.

Once you're approved to do so, you can participate in foster care through the Children's Home Society in North Carolina. As a foster parent, you can provide a safe home and environment for a child who would otherwise not have a safe place to live. Normally, foster children are only placed temporarily, but some are able to be adopted. If you foster, you are given a payment each month to help with the costs associated with housing, clothing, and feeding the child. You'll also need to participate in annual training to obtain a license to foster.

If you'd rather adopt or have a goal to adopt, then you could be able to do that as well. Your attorney can help you get all your documents together, so you can apply to be a parent to one of over 2,400 children still waiting for homes in North Carolina.

You don't have to worry about being launched into parenthood without help when you adopt. CHS stays with you, and then other assistance programs are made available. For instance, if you need home study services, want to look for counseling options, or need to prepare to bring the child home, the organization can help you.

Source: Children's Home Society of North Carolina, "Adopt or Foster a Child Today," accessed Jan. 14, 2016

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