How to Become a Foster Parent
Open your heart and your home. Make a difference in a child's life!
Children and teens deserve a chance to be supported in a nurturing, safe, and structured family environment. Children with advanced behavioral and mental health needs or challenges show better results when supported in a home rather than a mental health facility.
- Training and education to empower you as a child behavior expert.
- Professional support to ensure your success.
- Connection to a network of caring families.
- The opportunity to experience the rewards of helping a child succeed!
- Be at least 21 years old
- Have a high school diploma and demonstrate the ability to complete documentation requirements
- Pass background clearances
- Be in good physical health
- Own or rent a home that meets licensure requirements by the state of North Carolina (including a separate bedroom for the foster child and able to pass safety inspections)
- Be employed or show sufficient income to support yourself and family
- Have adequate insurance and a safe vehicle to transport children to appointments, school, and other activities
Successful foster parents are caring, committed, open-minded, dependable, tolerant, consistent, patient and willing to try different parenting styles for children with different needs. Having a flexible schedule, and demonstrating the ability to work as a member of our team are crucial for success.What is the Process to Become an Easterseals UCP Foster Parent?
- Call the Easterseals UCP office nearest you or contact us through the online inquiry form to obtain information and an Application Package.
- Easterseals UCP will make several visits to your home. During those visits, staff will gather paperwork, interview all family members, inspect the home for safety and fully explain the responsibilities of foster parenting.
- You will be required to complete pre-service training. Schedules may vary, but this training typically takes about 12 weeks.
- Your skills, home, and preferences will all be assessed during the training and home visits. This process helps both sides determine if foster parenting is right for you, the characteristics of children that will best fit with your family, and which type of toster care you are better suited for .
- Once the training and paperwork are complete, a licensure packet is submitted to the State for approval.