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Family Builders of Catawba Valley: Steps in Fostering a Child

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Phone: (828) 465-8901


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3050 11th Avenue Drive SE
Hickory, NC 28602

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PO Box 669
Newton, NC 28658

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Mon - Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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    1. Make an Inquiry
    Call Family Builders of Catawba Valley at 465-8901 to ask about our fostering program. Attend the next Information Meeting held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Family Services Center of Catawba County Social Services, beginning at 6:00 PM. (Schedule)
    2. Complete Preparation Sessions
    At the Information Meeting, complete a Data and Inquiry Sheet indicating your interest and sign up for an interview with a social worker.

    Following an interview with a social worker, GPS-MAPP (Group Preparation & Selection-Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) is the next step in preparing to foster. This consists of 36 hours of preparation for adoptive and/or foster parents. These preparation sessions will help you identify your family's strengths and needs as well as provide the information you need to make decisions about what type of child(ren) you can parent. At the end of your GPS-MAPP sessions, you will decide whether to apply to foster.
    3. Complete the Preplacement Assessment
    The Preplacement Assessment is a written document prepared by your Social Worker following a series of family consultations. (Details)
    4. Complete the North Carolina Foster Home Licensing application.
    Your social worker will assist and guide you through this process.
    5. Wait for the call from our child placement staff for a placement
    Once your home is licensed, your social worker will let our child placement coordinator know the type of children that your family would be able to parent. Placement is based on the child’s needs and your family’s strengthens and needs. Our goal is to arrange and maintain a single, stable placement for each child. While waiting, begin involvement with in the Resource Family events.  (Schedule) 
    6. Receive placement of the child from the child’s social worker
    Your Foster Home Licensing social worker will continue to assist, guide and provide training for you as you become accustomed to being a foster parent. 

    7. Attend the "72 Hour Meeting" with the child’s birth family and the agency
    This meeting includes the foster parents, birth parents, child(ren) and Social Worker and occurs within 72 hours of placement. The purpose is to share information about the child, giving the foster parents information directly from the birth parents who know their child best.
    8. Work in Partnership with the Agency to meet the needs of the child in your home until the Court decides
         his/her permanent plan
Adapted from the North Carolina Division of Social Services