Announcing fosteringNC.org
A new learning site for North Carolina’s foster and adoptive parents and kinship caregivers

In March 2017 the NC Division of Social Services launched fosteringNC.org, a learning site for our state’s resource parents. This site features: On-Demand Courses. Available any time, these short, free courses include a certificate of completion learners can share with their supervising agencies. Foster parents are encouraged to talk in advance to their supervising agency about obtaining training credit through

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How resource parents influence child and family outcomes in and out of court
One Judge’s Perspective

by J. Stanley Carmical As a parent myself, I am well aware that parents’ worst nightmares often involve the fear that something terrible will happen to your children. While presiding over sessions of abuse, neglect, and dependency court during the past 26 years I have frequently thought that for the mothers and fathers appearing before me in juvenile court, the

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Self-care for Relative Caregivers: One Family’s Story
by Tonia Jacobs Deese

If you are caring for a loved one’s child due to abuse or neglect, our child welfare system relies on you. One in four children in foster care in North Carolina are in “kinship placements,” which typically means a county department of social services has legal custody of the child, but the child lives with a relative (Duncan, 2014). Benefits

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