Foster Care and Adoption Resources
The following are key resources for North Carolina’s foster and adoptive parents and kinship caregivers.
- Fostering Perspectives
This publication is a rich trove of valuable information by and for resource parents on a wide range of topics. Many supervising agencies issue 30 minutes of training credit to foster parents who complete the quiz in each issue.
- NC Division of Social Services (NC DSS)
This agency oversees the administration of North Carolina’s child welfare system.
- NC Kids Adoption and Foster Care Network
A source of support for foster and adoptive families. NC Kids is also North Carolina’s online registry of children from the foster care system who are legally free for adoption. NC Kids connects waiting children with families, offers matching services for waiting children with pre-approved families registered with NC Kids, and provides adoption support services, including information on how to get started on your adoption.
Hotline 877-625-4371 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adopt US Kids
This is the national photo listing service for children awaiting adoption across the United States.
- Post-Adoption Support and Resources in NC
Visit this page to learn about the post-adoption resources the NC Division of Social Services makes available to North Carolina families.
- SaySo: Strong Able Youth Speaking Out
A North Carolina association of youth aged 14 to 24 who are or have been in out-of-home care. SaySo’s mission is to work to improve the substitute care system by educating the community, speaking out about needed changes, and providing support to youth who are or have been in substitute care.
- NC Reach
A state-funded scholarship for up to 4 years of undergraduate study at NC public colleges and universities. Offered to qualified applicants who were adopted from the NC Division of Social Services foster care system after the age of 12, OR who aged out of NC DSS foster care at age 18. Also provides comprehensive student support, including mentors, care packages, and internships.
- North Carolina Foster Parent Competencies
In 2013 stakeholders from our state’s child welfare system developed this list of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes important to being a successful foster or adoptive parent. This list may serve as a helpful point of reference when thinking about your areas of strength and areas where you need more training or support.
- Fostering Health NC Online Library
This online resource library from the NC Pediatric Society contains tools for establishing and supporting medical homes for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults in foster care. http://www.ncpeds.org/?page=FHNC
The following handouts from the library may be of particular interest to resource parents:
- Keeping Children in Foster Care Healthy
- Parenting After Trauma (A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents)
- For Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
- English (2 MB)
- Helping Your Child in Foster Care Handle Transitions
- English (300 KB)
- Foster Care Dictionary
- English (500 KB)