Foster or Adopt
Questions about becoming a foster parent?
In North Carolina, more than 17,000 children are living in foster homes – a number that has increased by 25% over the past five years. Today, there are more children who need a foster home than there are homes available for placement: Kids across North Carolina are waiting for someone like you with an open heart and an open home to be their support system and be a foster parent.
Children’s Hope Alliance prides itself on being supportive of our foster parents. We understand one of the best ways to help children heal is to support the foster families providing loving homes for them. We provide extensive and up-to-date training, 24-hour support, respite services, therapeutic support programs, and monthly financial stipends. Our foster care case managers stay in regular contact with foster parents, and are always just a phone call away.
- We have a need for foster parents all over the state.
- Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for abused, neglected and dependent children who need a safe place to live when their parents or another relative cannot take care of them.
- You have a choice about which child or children are placed in your home.
- A monthly stipend is provided to offset the cost of everyday expenses related to the care of the child.
- Additional resources such as tutoring, summer camp, holiday parties, etc. provided through generous donor support.
- Our agency provides all necessary training and support for foster parents throughout the entire process.
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Family & Therapeutic foster care
At Children’s Hope Alliance, our highest priority is to provide a safe home environment for children in need. Our family and therapeutic foster care program is often the first safe home some children have ever known. We specially train and monitor foster families to make sure every child who needs it, has a safe home and loving place to call home.
- This program is offered across North Carolina.
- Children have experienced trauma typically from abuse and neglect; most children are in the custody of the Department of Social Services.
- Provides a safe and caring environment for many ages of children.
- Teaches social and living skills.
- Capacity of no more than five total children in the home including birth, adopted, guardianship, etc.
- Utilizes the Teaching Family Model of care; an evidence based and evidence informed practice.
- Coordinates medical and psychological appointments.
Intensive Alternative Family Treatment (IAFT)
The Intensive Alternative Family Treatment (IAFT) Program is a community-based therapeutic program piloted for the State by Children’s Hope Alliance. The program provides a therapeutic family-style treatment with trained professional parents in the community. IAFT is a placement option for youth who may be hard to place due to past treatment failures, significant behavioral and emotional challenges, and the need for out-of-home care.
- These services are offered throughout North Carolina.
- Utilizes trained licensed professional parents that have a proven history of success with high risk children and/or specialized training.
- Weekly contact with the team of professionals that are responsible for the child’s plan of care.
- Daily contact between our staff and professional parents to review behavioral and treatment outcomes and needs.
- Provides the opportunity to learn new social and living skills.
- Provides the opportunity for family involvement and to reconnect with the biological family.
- Provides a level of care tailored to his/her specific needs.
I have more questions, who can I talk to?
The Recruiter Trainer in your area will be happy to answer any questions:
- For Cabarrus, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenberg, and Union Counties, call Sara Dillon at (704) 880-4103
- For Cumberland, Forsyth, Robeson, and Wake Counties, call Tomika Brooks at (919) 500-9341
- For Buncombe, Madison, and Haywood Counties, call Brandon Milan at (980)434-4629
- For all other counties, contact Tammy Bradley at (704) 607-3617