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.
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.
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:
In order to qualify to become a foster parent, a family must do the following:
To request an application to become a foster/adoptive parent call 704-296-4300. You may also complete an online inquiry.
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.