PO Box 249, Middlesex, NC 27557  •  (252) 235-2161

Nationally Accredited since 1999

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Family Foster Care & Adoptions

WHAT IS FAMILY FOSTER CARE?

Family foster care centers around home and family. It is loving and caring for foster children within your home, and showing them that they are special and important. Foster families work alongside birth families to maintain family bonds, while working towards permanency and reunification.

WHAT IS FOSTER TO ADOPT?

The Children's Home provides adoption services for our foster families seeking to adopt the children placed in their homes through our Family Foster Care & Adoptions program. Each of the children in our care deserve a forever home and we strive to make this a reality for them. When reunification with family is not possible, a child's plan of care becomes adoption. The Children's Home works with the foster family and local DSS Agencies to ensure our children transition into their forever home in a timely manner. We provide all necessary adoption support and will negotiate adoption costs with local DSS Agencies.  

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF FAMILY FOSTER CARE?

The goal of family foster care is to help each child reach permanency. Reunification with the birth family takes priority; our program recognizes the importance of a child’s connection to his/her birth family. When reunification with the birth family is not possible, our program works to provide permanency in a way that best meets the needs of the child. This may be through placement with a relative, guardianship, adoption, or independent living. 

WHO ARE OUR FOSTER CHILDREN?

​Children in our family foster care program come from abandoned, abusive, or neglected situations. They are seeking a safe, loving home when relatives are unable to care for them. Our family foster homes serves as temporary homes while parents work with social work professionals to resolve various issues.  Family foster homes provide these children with a safe, caring environment when their world has been turned upside-down.  

WHAT ARE THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A FAMILY FOSTER HOME?

  • Provide a safe, nurturing environment and positive attachments through family interactions

  • Provide a physical environment that supports a child's emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual development

  • Provide age-appropriate supervision, consequences, and boundaries

  • Provide a structured daily schedule that promotes educational, social, recreational, and community activities

  • Provide opportunities for positive self-identity through participation in community, school, religious, and cultural activities

  • Participate in shared parenting and interact with birth families and/or significant people in a child's life

  • Help a child reach his/her educational potential by ensuring regular school attendance and advocating in any assessments, planning, or tutoring

  • Assist with identifying resources that promote self-sufficiency and a readiness for independent living

HOW IS FOSTERING THROUGH FWBCH DIFFERENT THAN OTHER AGENCIES?

  • More personalized support due to our low case manager to family ratio​

  • Around the clock access to case managers and support services

  • Opportunities for children to be involved in FWBCH Campus events and programs (Bridge Learning Center, Christmas gatherings, etc.)

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BECOME A FAMILY FOSTER HOME?

  • At least 21 years of age

  • High school graduate or obtained a GED

  • Have sufficient bedrooms and beds for a child to sleep and keep personal belongings

  • Live in a home that meets basic fire, safety, and sanitary requirements

  • Be physically and emotionally capable of caring for a child

  • Pass a criminal background and driving check, and have no substantiated record of abusing or neglecting children or adults

  • Have an income sufficient to provide for your family

  • Must live in Eastern or Central NC (relatively close to the FWB Children's Home in Middlesex NC)

WHAT TRAINING IS NECESSARY TO BECOME A FAMILY FOSTER HOME?

  • 30 hours of pre-service training using either the Trauma-Informed PS-MAPP curriculum or the Deciding Together curriculum

  • CPR, First Aid, and Seizure Management - renewed annually

  • Medication Administration and Bloodborne Pathogens - renewed annually

  • 10 hours of in-service training per licensure year

  • All training and in-services are provided free of charge

Interested in learning more about the Family Foster Care & Adoptions program? Contact the Children's Home Family Foster Care & Adoptions program at 252-235-2161.

 

The FWB Children’s Home was licensed in 2008 by the North Carolina DHHS to provide Family Foster Care.