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

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Child Medical Evaluations in North Carolina

This 13-minute video explains what CMEs are, who provides them, how to prepare for them, and how they can help you and your child. Click to watch…

Foster Strong

Listen as alumni of foster care who show you what it means to embrace resilience as an identity. Come along as we share our journeys from trauma to triumph. Click for podcast…

Upstream

This 3-minute video shows that when we invest in proven strategies that help strengthen families, we prevent child abuse and neglect before it even happens. Click to watch…

Lifebook Links

Lifebooks are tools that help answer young people’s questions about their life stories. Click to download links to lifebook resources…


Additional Resources

Supporting Permanence

Adopt US Kids
This is the national photo listing service for children awaiting adoption across the United States.
http://www.adoptuskids.org/
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Supports, educates, inspires, and advocates so adoptive families thrive and every child in foster care has a permanent, safe, loving family.
https://www.nacac.org/
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.
https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/social-services/nc-kids-adoption-and-foster-care-network/post-adoption-support-and
Lifebooks can be so valuable. They are tools that can help eliminate young people’s confusion about their lives, answer their questions, and fill in gaps in their life story. They permanently record the fact that we care about them and their well-being.
https://fosteringnc.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/13366/2021/10/Lifebook-Links.pdf
Foster Care and Beyond: Kinship Foster Care and Guardianship Assistance
Concisely explains the difference between licensed and unlicensed kinship foster care, defines guardianship, and outlines the eligibility requirements for NC’s Kinship Foster Care and Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP).
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.
Tips and insights from foster families who are outstanding supporters of reunification. Developed by the American Bar Association.
https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/child_law/ParentRep/Reunification_Tip_Sheet.authcheckdam.pdf

Parenting Kids in Care

Child Welfare Information Gateway: Resources for Foster Parents
Offers information on supports, the fundamentals of parenting kids in care, working with birth families, and adopting a child from foster child.
https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/resources-foster-families/
Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center (of Wisconsin)
This site has a Reading Room that offers Guidebooks, Tip Sheets, and other resources on a wide range of topics, including working with birth parents and raising resilient children.
https://wifostercareandadoption.org/
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.http://www.ncreach.org
This guide for caregivers and youth-serving adults explains exploitation and human trafficking and how to protect a vulnerable youth.
https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/blue_campaign_youth_guide_508.pdf
A great place to find resources for helping children and teenagers recover from traumatic events.
https://www.nctsn.org/audiences/families-and-caregivers
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:

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.
http://www.fosteringperspectives.org
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.
https://developingchild.harvard.edu/

Youth Voice

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.https://www.representmag.org/
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.
http://www.saysoinc.org

Support for You

Foster Family Alliance of North Carolina
This statewide association focuses on recruiting new foster and adoptive parents, offering assistance and training to existing resource families, and establishing needed changes in policy.
https://www.ffa-nc.org/
National Foster Parent Association
This nonprofit provides education and training to foster parents and promotes excellence and best practice in foster care.
https://nfpaonline.org/
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Supports, educates, inspires, and advocates so adoptive families thrive and every child in foster care has a permanent, safe, loving family.
https://www.nacac.org/
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Useful advice for grandparents who have stepped in to serve as the primary parent for their grandchildren.
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/parenting-family/grandparents-raising-grandchildren.htm
Foster Care and Beyond: Kinship Foster Care and Guardianship AssistanceConcisely explains the difference between licensed and unlicensed kinship foster care, defines guardianship, and outlines the eligibility requirements for NC’s Kinship Foster Care and Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP).
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.
National Foster Parent Association
This nonprofit provides education and training to foster parents and promotes excellence and best practice in foster care.
https://nfpaonline.org/

NC Agencies and Programs

NC Division of Social Services (NC DSS)
This agency oversees the administration of North Carolina’s child welfare system. https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/dss
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.
http://www.saysoinc.org
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 nc.kids@dhhs.nc.gov
https://www.ncdhhs.gov/nc-kids-adoption-and-foster-care-network
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.http://www.ncreach.org
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.
https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/social-services/nc-kids-adoption-and-foster-care-network/post-adoption-support-and
Foster Family Alliance of North Carolina
This statewide association focuses on recruiting new foster and adoptive parents, offering assistance and training to existing resource families, and establishing needed changes in policy.
https://www.ffa-nc.org/