Foster a child... Change a life
Davie County Health & Human Services is in need of qualified resource families to assist with making a difference in the life of a child. Resource families include family foster homes and adoptive homes. When children enter foster care the primary goal is to help families resolve their challenges and reunite safely. When a child is unable to be reunified with their biological family, other permanency options are explored. Every child deserves a "forever family." If you are interested in providing a safe and loving home to a child and you have patience and wisdom to share, you could be the perfect parent for a child who truly needs you. Those interested in fostering or adopting a child should contact (336) 753-6250. Additional information for potential resources families can be found by exploring this website. Also, please find some helpful links below: “You Don’t Have to be Perfect to be a Perfect Parent” brochure found below.
- FAMILY RESOURCE TYPES
- Kinship Care
- Foster Care
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Permanency Planning
- Independent Living Services
- Additional Opportunities To Help
- Contact Us
When children cannot be assured safety in their own homes, the best alternative resource can often be found within the extended family and other “kin.” Kinship is the self-defined relationship between two or more people and is based on biological, legal, and/or strong family-like ties. When safety of the child(ren) cannot be ensured in the home environment, parents and guardians are given a reasonable opportunity to come together with their kinship network to plan for and provide safety, supervision and care for the child(ren). Social Services has the responsibility of assessing the suggested resource to assure that the child will receive appropriate care.
Foster care is a way of providing a family life for children who cannot live with their own parents or caretakers. We have a need for foster families willing to open their hearts to children in need and share their family life with them. Foster care is often used to provide temporary care while parents get help sorting out problems, or to help children or young people through a difficult period in their lives. Families are needed to provide children with safe and loving home environments while a long-term, permanent plan is achieved for the child.
- Arranging for appropriate placement in licensed facilities
- Collaborating with community agencies who serve the needs of children and families to ensure that appropriate services are available to meet the needs of children in foster care and to facilitate permanence
- Monitoring and supervising the child's progress in care
- Planning with families and coordinating services to have children returned to their homes as quickly as possible (the goal is to accomplish reunification in one year)
- Providing case management to provide casework and other treatment services to facilitate the child's psychological adjustment and to assist the parents or other responsible relatives to improve conditions in an effort to enable the child to return to his own home
For already licensed foster and adoptive families, fosteringNC provides online training that can count toward continuing education training credit.
If you can’t be a foster parent, there are still ways you can help our foster children. In an effort to ensure that our children in foster care have all their needs and some of their wants met, we often rely on community donations and volunteers. If there is a request for a child or resource family that we are unable to meet through community donations, we pull funds from a special account to meet that request. We always need financial donations for this account and welcome groups to host fundraisers specifically for this cause.
If you are interested in providing a financial donation, please contact (336) 753-6250.
Adopting through foster care, you could be the answer for a child who is unable to return to his or her biological family. When children enter foster care, our main goal is to reunite them with their biological parents, but for many (about half of the children currently in the foster care system) this is not possible. Adoption from foster care is the process by which a family like yours provides a forever family for the child in need.
- Counsel women on problem pregnancy situations
- Initiation of legal termination of or accept relinquishment of parental rights
- Monitor adoptive placements, complete adoption searches, complete Orders for Report to the court and independent adoption studies for families
- Operate, monitor, and maintain adoption assistance for children with special needs
- Place and integrate children into adoptive families
- Provide post-adoptive services
- Report to the court on progress and well being of children placed for adoption and fulfill related court orders
- Pregnant & Considering Adoption?
- Who can Foster and/or Adopt?
- How to Foster and/or Adopt?
- What is required to become a foster parent in North Carolina?
- Who are the children in need of foster parents?
- What kind of assistance is available for foster parents?
- Who can I contact to learn more about becoming a foster parent in Davie County?
This service provides intensive services to children, both in foster care and at home in terms of making permanent plans for them. Permanency planning prevents foster care drift and promotes better planning for children in Social Services caseloads.
Davie County's independent living services provide adolescents 16-21 years old with additional services while they reside in foster care and during the follow-up that will help them in developing independent living skills. The purpose of this program is to ensure participants may have a more successful transition to living on their own following discharge from foster care.
Our wonderful foster, adoptive, and kinship parents strive to meet the needs of our children in foster care. Unfortunately, there are some needs that still exist. We accept children when they first come into foster care. If you, your family, your church, or a group you are involved in are interested in assisting with donations to make the difference in the life of a child in need, please contact (336) 753-6250.
For questions about Davie County’s foster care, adoption or independent living services, please contact the Social Services Department at (336) 753-6250.