Foster Care

Sometimes, difficult circumstances prevent a family from being able to provide for the needs of their children. When this happens, we step in. We recruit, train, license, and support nurturing foster parents so that these children have a safe, loving place to grow until a permanent plan can be determined. 

Become a Foster Parent

Every year, more than 5,000 children enter foster care in North Carolina, and not nearly enough licensed homes are available to them. Imagine the difference opening your doors can make.

The CHS Foster Care Process

  • 1. Attend an Info Session

    Learn about fostering through CHS.

  • 2. Apply to Be a Foster Parent

    Fill out an online application and pay for a background check.

  • 3. Meet with CHS Specialists

    A specialist with call you to set up an interview and prepare you for training.

  • 4. Complete Training

    Complete a training class known as TIPS-MAPP (Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence: Model Approach to Partnerships in Parents) in your area.

  • 5. Paperwork

    Finish classes and complete the required paperwork.

  • 6. Approval

    Receive approval as a licensed foster home and discuss potential placements with your CHS Specialist.

  • 7. Welcome to the Family!

    Your CHS Specialist will work with you to place a child in your home.

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Becoming a Foster Parent

Raising any child takes a village and fostering is no different. We’re here to guide you throughout your journey as a foster parent, whether that’s training for your license or navigating the struggles of parenting. And while, yes, fostering a child is not always easy, the rewards are abundant. Imagine watching your child meet first-time milestones, helping them heal from trauma, and offering the support they need to meet their full potential. Discover what it takes to become a foster parent.

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Foster Care FAQs

If you have questions, we can help.
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  • Schedule a call with a Family Recruitment Specialist or attend an information meeting

  • The licensing process, on average, takes 4-6 months.

  • We work with our families as best as possible around their preferences and help to educate them on the need for sibling groups and children above the age of 9.

  • We offer the training throughout the year. Your specialist will work with you to make sure you are enrolled in a training that best suits your schedule.

The CHS Difference


We care about the end goal: stability and permanency for children. Whether through reunification, guardianship or adoptions, it’s all about a child’s well-being.


Each of our specialists has a dedicated role within our program. Our families receive the expert support they need throughout the entire process.


Our comprehensive services include case management, education, advocacy, supportive service and clinical services.

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Our community is vital to our success. Find out how your time, talent and resources can help more children find and experience loving families.

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It takes a village to raise a child. And it takes a community to affect lasting change. Invest in the lives of children and make a difference for families everywhere.