Adoption can be a scary process for some, while other’s might not have a clue where to begin. WNCT’s Angie Quezada breaks down a step by step process to get started to become a licensed foster parent, or licensed adoptive ready individual.
First step, visit Children’s Home Society of North Carolina’s website, www.CHSNC.org
Darius Moore is Eastern North Carolina’s Regional Family Recruitment Specialist. Darius says the next step is scroll down, and click the “Event’s Section”, and there you’ll find an informational meeting to attend in your area.
“After you get that information, and you are feeling good about moving forward with the process, then you can actually apply online…and pay for the background check online,” says Moore.
To complete a background check will cost you $20.
After the background check is completed and you are approved, it’s game time!
“You’ll meet with a licensed specialist, after you meet with a specialist, then you’ll receive your invitation to Map Classes,” Moore says.
Map Classes are a training course broking down in multiple sessions. The process will take up to six to eight months to be completed.
If you are looking to do basic foster care, that’s 30 hours credited of training. To do Therapeutic Training will require 40 hours.
Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or you can attend a Saturday training class that covers two sessions in one day. That will earn you two credited hours.
Once you have completed all of your hours of training, you will officially receive your license.
In conclusion, the resources are very easy to find. all you need to do is visit the website www.CHSNC.org and if you need additional assistance you contact them directly at 910-600-8757.