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The following are key resources for North Carolina’s foster and adoptive parents and kinship caregivers.

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  • 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.
  • Guardianship-Related Resources
    • Comparison Chart for Caregivers
      Answers common questions about the important differences in North Carolina between unlicensed and licensed kinship foster care, legal custody, legal guardianship, and adoption.
  • Harvard Center on the Developing Child
    Seeks to achieve breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity. Their resource library offers working papers, recorded lectures, infographics, and briefs on a variety of interest to resource parents, including toxic stress, resilience, neglect, child development, and executive function.
  • NC 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.
  • 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.
  • Represent Magazine
    Publishes true stories by teens in care that show how they tackle tough issues like getting along with foster parents and managing difficult emotions. Teens say the stories make them feel less alone. Each issue includes independent living lessons.
  • 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.