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Are you caring for a grandchild, niece, nephew, or other relative because their parents are currently unable to? Do you know of a relative in foster care and have the desire to help them, but don’t know where to begin? We can help with guidance, resources, education, and support.

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Kinship Care

Kinship Care is when a family member (legally related, biologically related, or having a strong loving relationship) cares for a child or children whose parents are unable to safely do so. At CHS, we have a dedicated kinship team that works in partnership with kinship families to offer support.

To receive a kinship foster care license, you must go through a 30-hour preservice training. CHS offers a specialized training known as Caring For Our Own. CHS is one of the few agencies in the state that offers this training in a format approved to meet this requirement. By becoming licensed, you will receive additional monthly payments to help with the costs of caring for relative children, along with ongoing support from CHS or your licensing agency.

Resources, Support, and Licensure

There are several ways CHS can support your needs as a kinship caregiver. Contact us to:

  • Be connected with community resources in your area
  • Get involved in a kinship caregiver support group
  • Participate in the Caring For Our Own support and training program
  • Consider your options around kinship foster care licensing

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Caring For Our Own

Caring for Our Own is a support and training program for kinship families. Through a series of online meetings, you can learn about supporting the children in their care and working with the children’s network. Caring For Our Own is offered at convenient times throughout the year. There is no cost to participate.

Kinship Foster Care License

Getting a formal Kinship Foster Care License can provide benefits like financial assistance for you and your relative. Should you choose to become licensed, Caring For Our Own offers training that meets the preservice training requirement for a kinship foster care licensure in North Carolina.

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Call us toll free at 1-800-632-1400 or email

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