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Adoption and Foster Care

Adoption and Foster Care

The Union County Adoption and Foster Care Agency is always looking for stable and caring families who will welcome children in need of temporary or permanent homes.

Adoption Services

To adopt, a family must be able to support their adopted child through the difficult transition between families and beyond. Therefore, a prospective family is required to go through an assessment period facilitated by the court. As part of this assessment, the family pays a fee based on the family’s income. Upon completion, a family can adopt a child that has been cleared for adoption.

Foster Care Services

To provide foster care, one must be willing and able to provide a temporary home to a child when the child is unable to remain in his or her own home due to the parents’ inability to provide care for the child.

Foster care services are designed to:

  • Strengthen, preserve and/or reunite families after the child is placed into agency custody
  • Ensure a stable, safe and nurturing temporary living environment
  • Achieve a safe and permanent home for all children in agency custody

Steps to Becoming a Foster Home

In order to qualify to become a foster parent, a family must do the following:

  • Submit an application for foster care.
  • Complete 30 hours of free training which will equip foster parents to handle the emotional needs of children in care, to administer appropriate discipline and to understand the types of children who are placed in foster care.
  • Have a physical exam completed on every member of the family who lives in the home. The agency can provide financial assistance for exam costs.
  • Have a TB skin test on all adult household members. Children in the household only need a TB skin test if an adult household member’s test is positive.
  • Have an inspection done by the fire marshal.
  • Have an environmental conditions checklist completed by the social worker.
  • Have a home assessment done by the social worker to be submitted for a license.
  • Be fingerprinted and allow for a criminal background check.
  • Install a land line phone.
  • Vaccinate pets against rabies, if applicable.
  • Fence in bodies of water such as ponds, pools, etc.
  • Agree to meet ongoing training requirements, including but not limited to CPR, First Aide, Universal Precautions and Shared Parenting.
  • Sign confidential and discipline agreements.

To request an application to become a foster/adoptive parent call 704-296-4300. You may also complete an online inquiry.

Adoption/Foster Care Inquiry Form

Contact information

Alisa Etters
Program Manager
Phone: 704-296-4300

About Adoption and Foster Care

Union County Division of Social Services (DSS) supports safe and stable families in several ways. Through Foster Care Services DSS places and monitors children in foster homes to give them temporary places to stay where they can be safe with the goal of reuniting with their family. DSS also recruits, assesses, and licenses foster families. Through Adoption Services DSS assesses, selects, and facilitates the legal adoption of children in foster care who cannot reunite with their families. DSS also completes independent, step-parent, and relative adoptions for a nominal fee.

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.