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.
3. Complete the Preplacement Assessment
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.
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