The responsibility of foster home licensing includes general recruitment of foster and adoptive parents, training, licensing, and ongoing monitoring of the foster parents in Mecklenburg County.
Applications are provided at the Monthly Orientation Meetings. The applications are screened based on agency need. Individuals will be invited to attend the foster parent training or provided information regarding why they are being screened out.
parents must attend TIPS/MAPP (Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and
Permanence/Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting) training during the
selection process. TIPS-MAPP training will provide information to help
prospective foster parents decide if they are ready to provide foster care
and answer many of their questions about being a foster parent.
TIPS-MAPP is part of a mutual selection process. An applicant can select out or
may be selected out by the agency if it is determined that they may not be
a good fit for the children and families served by the agency.
TIPS-MAPP is a ten week training for a total of 30 pre-service hours. Classes
are held weekly from 6pm-9pm or 6:30pm-9:30pm.
Requirements to be a Foster Parent
The requirements to be a foster parent include but are not limited to:
Foster homes for children of all ages, specifically teenagers, sibling groups, children with special needs such as emotional and medical, various racial backgrounds, especially minorities.
We need individuals who are flexible, open-minded, willing to participate in shared parenting, have patience and time to give a child.
To learn more about Mecklenburg County's foster care program please attend one of our foster care orientations or review the foster care FAQ.