NCDHHS: Adoption and Foster Care

Foster Child Adoption in North Carolina

Thank you for your interest in foster care and adoption in North Carolina. NC Kids canhelp you get started and assist with fostering or adoption. There is an incredible need in our state for qualified and dedicated foster and adoptive parents. When children enter foster care the primary goal is to help families resolve their challenges and reunite safely. However, when that is not achieved children can become free for adoption. For more information about how children enter foster care and the requirements for becoming a licensed foster parent please viewthe Foster Parent Orientation video.

When a child is unable to be reunified with their biological family, other permanency options are explored including adoption. Every child available for adoption deserves a "forever family." If you are interested in providing a safe and loving home to a child and you have patience and wisdom to share, you could be the perfect parent for a child who truly needs you.Children waiting for adoption include:

Additional information about how to become a foster or adoptive parent, frequently asked questions and information about the types of children who need foster and adoptive homes and resources for current foster and adoptive families can be foundby exploring this website and reading North Carolinas You Dont Have to be Perfect to be a Perfect Parent brochure found at the bottom of this page.

NC Kids helps prospective families navigate the initial stages of foster care and adoption. We connect children in need of adoptive homes with families by:

We also provide:

NC Kids works with agencies, children and families. We are not an adoption or foster care agency and do not make any decisions about child placement.Recommended questions to ask when selecting a licensed child-placing agency for foster care and/or adoption.

For more information please call our hotline at 877-625-4371 or email us atnc.kids@dhhs.nc.gov

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