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Family Builders of Catawba Valley: Parenting Options - Resource Families
Couples or individuals interested in fostering or adopting a child or children.

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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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Adoption – The legal method by which an adult assumes the role of parent for a child who is not his or her biological offspring.
Legally Clear Adoption – This option is for a family who is an agency-approved adoptive family. The child placed with them would be legally free, per North Carolina adoption laws, to move forward with adoption.

Legal Risk Adoption – This is for a family who is a licensed foster home and an agency-approved adoptive family. The child placed with them has a court ruling that efforts to reunite the child with his/her birth parents can cease. The Resource Family commits to adopt the child when declared legally free for adoption, per North Carolina adoption laws.
Foster – A family who provides temporary care for a child and is committed to working in partnership with the agency toward the birth family’s reunification until otherwise ordered by the court. If a child placed in the foster family becomes legally free for adoption, no relative has been court-approved for the child, and the foster family is interested in adopting, that family may ask to be considered for the adoption of the child.