Foster Home Licensing & Adoption Requirements
An individual must be 21 years of age or older to foster or adopt a child.
Foster Homes: Married, single, separated, divorced and widowed parents may be licensed.
If applicants are married, they must be married for at least one (1) year prior
Adoptions: Married, single, divorced, and widowed parents may adopt. It is
suggested that couples be married 3 years before adopting.
Must be a legal resident of Forsyth County.
Must be sufficient to meet own needs. Financial statement must be completed for
initial licensure and relicensure.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have applied for Emergency Assistance (EA) to help with your
rent, lights, foods, etc., from any public or private agency within the last year,
you cannot be considered as an applicant for the foster care program. You may apply
one year from your last request for Emergency Assistance. The one year waiting period
may be extended in some cases.
- Record Check: Applicants and any household member(s) 16 years of age and older criminal
record checks will be obtained by DSS.
- Fingerprint Check: Applicants and any household member(s) 18 years of age and older
MUST OBTAIN FINGERPRINTS, which are checked through FBI and SBI. Forms will be provided
- Sexual offenders registry checked
- Child abuse registry checked
- Department of Corrections registry checked
- An applicant shall not be eligible for licensure if the applicant or any member
of the applicant’s household 18 years of age or older refuses to consent to any
criminal history check.
- An applicant may not be eligible for licensure if the licensing authority determines,
based on the criminal history, that the applicant or any member of the applicant’s
household 18 years of age or older has the following charges and/or convictions:
assault charges, drug charges, pattern of deviant behavior, or other charges that
deem them unfit to have responsibility for the safety and well being of children.
The State of North Carolina requires thirty (30) hours of pre-service training.
An additional 20 hours of training is required biennially (at least 10 hours per
year) for relicensure. BOTH HUSBAND AND WIFE MUST COMPLETE ALL TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.
Several consultations are required to complete the family assessment. There are
minimum quarterly face-to-face contacts by Foster Home Licensing Worker after licensing.
In addition, during the Home Study process, the following will also be completed:
- FIRE INSPECTION: If you live in the city Limits of Winston-Salem, you will be required
to pay the $50 initial inspection.
- MEDICAL EXAMS: Full exams required for each household occupant every 2 years with
a TB test (for the adults only) at initial licensure.
- The Foster Parent’s Agreement, Discipline Policy, & Confidentiality Policy: Must
be agreed to and signed biennially by applicant(s).
- FOSTER PARENT MUST HAVE A WORKING TELEPHONE (that functions without the use of electrical
power) AND UTILITIES in the home at all times.
- REFERENCES: Telephone or written contact with the references as provided by applicant.
Completion of the above licensing requirements does not guarantee that a family
will be licensed as foster parents or approved for adoption.