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Adopting a foster child can be life-changing. Not only are you providing a home for a child in need, but you are also adding a new member to your family. Learning about the adoption process for foster families in North Carolina can help you understand the requirements for adoptive parents and how to begin the process.

Adopting a foster child might be in the child’s best interests if returning to his or her biological family is not an option. The adoption process in North Carolina starts with finding out if you are qualified to be an adoptive parent. The Department of Health and Human Services has two separate processes for fostering and adopting children.

If you are already a foster parent, you understand the licensing process through the county Division of Social Services. To become an adoptive parent, your local DSS or a private agency will need to approve your application. You will need to demonstrate that you are at least 18 and that you are ready to provide for the physical, emotional, financial and spiritual needs of the child.

You do not have to be married or own a home to adopt a child in North Carolina. You can rent your place, be single and have a household with no other kids. State agencies encourage all prospects to learn more about adopting foster children through their “You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent” campaign. Support and guidance exists for people interested in adopting foster children in the state.

This information is provided only as an overview of the adoption process, and should not be construed as legal advice.