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Licensing of Foster Homes 

Partners with the community to recruit, train, license, support and monitor foster and adoptive homes for children in foster care. Foster and adoptive families are diverse in race, ethnicity, income and age. There are both single and married individuals. We encourage interested persons to contact us to learn about Orientation the required 30 hour Pre-service Training. Pre-service training is offered FREE! We utilize the "Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting: Group Preparation and Selection" (MAPP) curriculum which is offered four times per year.

There are currently over 250 children in foster care who need caring, committed, loving and capable families to provide a temporary nurturing home environment: some of these children are also waiting for an adoptive family.

Foster home licensing services include:

  • Free Orientation
  • Free Pre-Service Training
  • Mutual Home Assessment process
  • Recommendation to the NC Division of Social Work Services, Regulatory & Licensing Services for licensure
  • Foster care board payments after licensure: tiered rates for sibling placements (sib set of 3 or more), teenagers and medically needy youth
  • Ongoing support of a Licensing Social Worker and training opportunities

Register for foster parent training classes!

Orientation is strongly recommended before attending a training class. If you cannot make Orientation please call anyway! Orientation sessions and MAPP classes are held at 35 Woodfin Street. This is the former location of the Buncombe County Health Department and is located directly across the street from the downtown YMCA.

Orientation Sessions - Attend one of these first!

  • Sessions start at 5:45pm and last until 7:45pm.
    • Winter: Tuesdays - 1/7/2014
    • Spring: Tuesdays - 3/25/2014
    • Summer: Mondays - 6/16/2014
    • Fall: Tuesdays - 8/26/2014

Classes will be held in the Hughes Building at 40 Aston Street.

MAPP Classes 2014

  • Class time is from 5:45pm to 8:45pm.
    • Winter: Tuesdays - 1/14/2014 – 3/18/2014
    • Spring: Tuesdays- 4/8/2014 - 6/10/2014
    • Summer: Mondays – 6/23/2014 – 8/25/2014
    • Fall: Tuesdays – 9/2/2014 – 11/4/2014
More about MAPP Classes!

If you have any questions, please contact us anytime. Our phone number is 828-250-5868. You can also email us anytime at:

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Jimmy Wayne: Foster Hope

See recording artist Jimmy Wayne speaking about his experience in foster care.

What is Foster Care?

Foster care is temporary substitute care for children who cannot remain safely in their home as determined by the Court. To learn more about what foster care is, take a look at our webpage on the subject - More on foster care...

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Am I needed as a foster parent?

YES! In Buncombe County, there are over 250 children in care, but we only have approximately 90 foster homes. This means that many children are placed in group homes away from their siblings sent out of county, far away from everyone and everything they know. We need quality, committed foster families to provide safe, nurturing homes for the children in our community who must be in foster care.

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What are some of the requirements?

  • You must complete 30 hours of pre-service training - offered for FREE, see dates above!
  • You must be minimally 21 years old You must minimally have a high school diploma, GED or demonstrate the ability to read and write
  • You must be financially stable
  • You must be physically, mentally and emotionally able to care for a child
  • You and adult household members 18 years old and up must agree to and pass a criminal background check
  • You and adult household members 18 years old and up must not be a perpetrator of abuse or neglect of a child
  • You and adult household members 18 years old and up must provide excellent references
  • Your home must pass environmental and fire inspections and be safe for children

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Can I foster with my Life-Style?

You do not have to be rich to be a foster parent. You can rent your apartment. You can be single, married, or in an un-married relationship. You can work full time or you may not work at all but you must be financially stable. It is important to us to have foster families from many different lifestyles because we have children from all different backgrounds!

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Do I get paid to be a foster parent?

No. However, you will receive a monthly board payment to help cover the cost of the child's expenses while s/he is in your home. Board payments are based on the child's age:

  • 0-5 years = $475
  • 6-12 years = $581
  • 13-17 years = $634
  • Tiered rates (subject to change at any time) are available for the placement of some teenagers, sibling groups of 3 or more when placed together and medically fragile children. Children in foster care also have Medicaid to cover the cost of medical and mental health expenses.

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How long do kids stay in my home?

This varies tremendously. Our goal is for children to leave foster care within 12 months. If parents are able to remedy the safety issues that led to foster care or an appropriate relative can be found, the child may be with you for only a short while. If not, the child may be in your home for a year or more; this usually depends on how well the parents work in partnership with the agency and can address their safety issues. However, if the parents are not doing what has been required of them, the agency and the judge will start to look for a different plan for the child such as Guardianship to a court approved caretaker or Adoption.

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