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.
    http://www.fosteringperspectives.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
  • 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
  • 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
    • Helping Your Child in Foster Care Handle Transitions
    • Foster Care Dictionary