Relative Foster Care
Also known as Kinship Care
Relative Foster Care is temporary or permanent care provided to children by relatives or close family friends (“fictive kin”). Relatives are frequently the preferred resource for children in foster care because they help maintain a child’s connection to family and community. CHS is dedicated to helping relative caregivers provide children with the love and support they need until a permanent plan is determined.
To receive a relative foster care license, you must go through specialized training known as Caring For Our Own, the only NC approved curriculum designed especially for relative caregivers. CHS is one of the few agencies in the state that offers this training. By becoming licensed, you will receive monthly payments to help with the costs of caring for relative children, along with ongoing support from CHS. A relative foster care license only allows you to provide fostering services to relative or fictive kin children.