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Interested In Fostering? 

There many children in foster care who need caring and committed families to provide a temporary home environment. In some cases, these kids may also be eligible for adoption. Whatever your commitment level, you can support the basic safety and health needs of kids in our community.

What's it like being a foster parent?

Find out first-hand what it’s like to be a foster parent. Call us at 828-250-5868 or email us at familiesforkids@buncombecounty.org. We will connect you to a current foster parent who can answer your questions about fostering.

How do I know if I'm ready?

This brief online orientation is strongly recommended for those interested in learning more about fostering.

Foster Parent Orientation

Getting Started

There are opportunities to learn more about becoming a foster parent throughout the year. To learn more about the next foster parent orientation please check the events calendar. Foster parent orientations are generally held at 46 Aston Avenue.

Register For Classes


After you have attended a Foster parent orientation and feel ready to become a foster parent, training is the next step in the process. The training program called MAPP (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting), is a 10 week course that prepares you to become a licensed foster parent.

Some of the topics covered in foster parent training include:

  • Foster care & adoption experience
  • Helping children with attachments & birth family connections
  • Understanding the impact of fostering or adopting

If you have any questions, please contact us anytime. Call us at 828-250-5868 or email us at familiesforkids@buncombecounty.org. Be sure to share your contact information and someone will return your call or email as soon as possible.

For More Information

Frequently Asked Questions

What is foster care?

Foster care is temporary substitute care for children who can’t remain safely in their home as determined by the Court. Child placement services are provided to any child in the custody or placement responsibility of a County Department of Social Services. Placement of a child in foster care requires assessment of the child and family's needs and careful planning.

The placement process focuses on the whole family rather than only on the child in placement. The child, the family and the foster care providers are appropriately prepared for the placement prior to the physical move of the child, except in emergency removals.

Child placement needs are evaluated, arranged, maintained and supervised in licensed or court-sanctioned placement, with services to assist in reunification or another permanent plan for the child. The agency provides services in conjunction with the community that are community-based, culturally competent, child centered and family focused.

Am I needed as a foster parent?

YES! In Buncombe County, there are hundreds of children in care, but not nearly enough homes. This means that many children are placed in group-homes, away from their siblings or sent out of the county, far away from everyone and everything they know. We need strong, committed foster families to provide safe, nurturing homes for the children in our community.

What are some of the requirements?

  • You must complete 30 hours of pre-service training - offered for FREE
  • You must be at least 21 years old and 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

Can I foster with my life style?

You can be single, married, or in an un-married relationship.

You can own your home or rent.

You do not have to be rich to be a foster parent 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.

How do we pay for foster care?

Children in care receive Medicaid to cover all healthcare related needs. Foster parents receive a monthly stipend for the child’s day-to-day needs.

0-5 years old         =     $475 per month
6-12 years old       =     $581 per month
13-17 years old     =     $634 per month

We offer day care and after school vouchers for parents who work.
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.

How long do kids stay in my home?

This can vary a lot. 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.