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Foster Home Licensing and Placement

The responsibility of foster home licensing includes general recruitment of foster and adoptive parents, training, licensing, and ongoing monitoring of the foster parents in Mecklenburg County. 

Applications are provided at the Monthly Orientation Meetings.  The applications are screened based on agency need.  Individuals will be invited to attend the foster parent training or provided information regarding why they are being screened out.


Prospective foster parents must attend the GPS/MAPP (Group Preparation and Selection/Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting) during the selection process.  The training will help you decide if they are ready to be a foster parent and answer a lot of their questions. 

MAPP is a mutual decision process and an applicant can select out or be selected out by the agency if it is determined that they may not be a good fit for the children and families served by the agency.

Classes are held two nights a week on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30pm-9:30pm several times per year.  Saturday classes are offered based on interest.

Foster parents must be residents of Mecklenburg County with no child protective services or criminal history.  Depending on the date and type of criminal offense, and the applicant’s current status, licensure could be possible despite past criminal history, but there is no guarantee.

Requirements to be a Foster Parent

The requirements to be a foster parent include but are not limited to:  

  • Both husband and wife and any adult household member that will have caretaker responsibility of a child in foster care must attend the 30 hours of training and additional training requirements including CPR, medication administration, and Shared Parenting.
  • Receive a finger print clearance letter
  • Be self-sufficient (employment or retirement income)
  • Medical examination including TB test for each adult
  • Reside  in Mecklenburg at least 6 months
  • Be married at least one year at application
  • Pass a fire safety inspection by the local Fire Department
  • Fence in bodies of water such as ponds, pools, etc

Agency Needs

Foster homes for children of all ages, specifically teenagers, sibling groups, children with special needs such as emotional and medical, various racial backgrounds, especially minorities.

We need individuals who are flexible, open-minded, willing to participate in shared parenting, have patience and time to give a child.

To learn more about Mecklenburg County's foster care program please attend one of our foster care orientations or review the foster care FAQ.

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