Get Involved!

I'm thinking of becoming a foster parent, but don't know where to start.

I want to get involved, but cannot commit to being a foster parent at this time. How can I help?

I'm a licensed foster parent who wants to get involved with the Fostering Families community and beyond!

I'm thinking of becoming a foster parent, but don't know where to start.

We're here to help you understand what being a foster parent entails, and hope it's the right path for you!

Read About Your Options: Department of Social Services vs. Private Agencies

Triangle foster parents can choose to foster through their local county Department of Social Services, or through private agencies. Examples of private agencies include Children's Home Society, Methodist Home for Children, and Lutheran Services Carolinas. See our Resource page for a list of department websites, private agencies, articles, and videos.


Attend an Orientation

We recommend reaching out to the department or agency of your choice and attending an orientation. The orientation will then connect you with the next steps to getting licensed, which will include 30 hours of training, a background check, a home study, interviews, and quite a bit of paperwork :)

Talk with An Experienced Foster Parent

We are also happy to have an experienced foster parent talk with you and answer any questions you may have! Please make sure to read through the suggested resources before contacting us. This will allow you to have a better understanding of the concrete steps it takes to get licensed. However, we are happy to talk through any questions or concerns you may have after your research.

Get Involved

If you're still not sure about becoming a foster parent at this time, we encourage you to get involved! Volunteering will expose you to all sorts of parents, staff and children who are involved in the foster care system, and just may lead you to a path that's right for you!

Take the Plunge and Start your Training!

Once you're ready, sign up for your TIPS-MAPP training, which is the required 30 hour class to attend in order to receive your license. Additional items to complete in order to become a licensed foster parent include (but are not limited to):

  • Criminal History: A criminal record check must be completed for every household member 18 years old and older
  • Fingerprints checks for every household member 18 years old and older
  • Sexual Offenders/Child Abuse and Department of Corrections checks are done for all members 18 years old and older
  • Household Fire Inspection
  • Medical Exams: full exams required for each household occupant every 2 years with a TB test (for adults only) at initial licensure
  • References: Telephone or written contact with the references as provided by the applicant

Begin Receiving Placement Calls

Once you are a licensed foster parent, you will begin to receive calls for placement from your county's Social Services Department or the private agency you chose. Remember: You always have the right to say no if you think the placement you’re being offered is a bad match. It is up to you to determine the right time to accept placement and details about the child that will best fit your home.

Accept a Placement and Begin Being an "Official" Foster Parent!

And Fostering Families will be here for you during your journey as a foster parent!


I want to get involved, but cannot commit to being a foster parent at this time. How can I help?

Our goal is to enlist volunteers who are willing to commit time on a regular basis. We hope you will consider these volunteer options, and continue to contribute your time throughout the year!

Volunteer at Monthly Fostering Families Meetings

~3 hours a month Offer to babysit, set up and/or provide refreshments at our monthly gatherings! Giving a regular time commitment to our organization on a monthly basis will allow our organization to have a sustainable source of support.

Contact us at info@fosteringfam.org.

Become a Guardian Ad Litem

~8 hours a month Many people have not heard of the Guardian Ad Litem program, but a GAL has a crucial role for children in the foster care system. Though each case is unique, GALs donate approximately eight hours each month to perform their statutorily mandated duties. They visit child-clients, conduct interviews, read reports, monitor court orders, collaborate with service providers, formulate fact-based child-focused court reports with recommendations, and may testify in court hearings. Learn more at www.volunteerforgal.org.

Volunteer at one of these organizations that support Triangle foster youth

Weekly and monthly time commitments vary

Become an Emergency Placement Provider

30 hour MAPP class training + providing temporary respite for foster children for 2-4 days Emergency Placement Providers are very needed in the Triangle! Taking the MAPP training course and getting licensed as a foster parent will not only allow you to become an Emergency Placement Provider, but will also give you a much greater understanding and connection to your local foster care system. Once you are licensed, you will be called with information about emergency placements as the need arises. Remember: You always have the right to say no if you think the placement you’re being offered is a bad match. It is up to you to determine the right time to accept emergency placement and details about the child that will best fit your home.

Ask your local county Department of Social Services for more information.

Be a Host Home for 18-21 year olds

30 hour MAPP class training + providing room and board Foster children aging out of the system need a safe place to live and learn adult skills. Providing a host home means that the young adult pays room and board while transitioning to adulthood.

Ask your local county Department of Social Services for more information.


I'm a licensed foster parent who wants to get involved with the Fostering Families community and beyond!


  • STAY ACTIVE AND INVOLVED Sign up for our email newsletter and stay active with your foster parent community by attending events. Like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to share our news and events to your community.
  • SERVE ON A FOSTER PARENT PANEL Serve on the Foster Parent Panels and share your experiences with the current TIPS-MAPP classes. Hearing advice and stories from an experienced foster parent helps people who are considering getting licensed to gain knowledge and support!
  • PROVIDE RESPITE CARE Reach out to other foster parents and offer respite care. Better yet, set a monthly respite care day to offer consistent respite care to a fellow foster family!