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Family Foster Care and Adoption

You can foster hope in a child.

Become a foster family through Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina. We train and support couples to become a licensed familiy foster home to North Carolina boys and girls. We also train churches to begin their own foster care ministries.

Read the foster care article and see the information below.

Watch the Cook family's three-minute video below and see how children's lives are being changed through their decision to foster.

The Cook's Story - BCH Foster Family

Why foster?

In 2018, 16,796  children in NC were removed from their families and placed in the foster care system. No matter their circumstances, all children are the same: they need a home, they deserve a family, and they desire to feel valued and loved. You have the opportunity to be that family for a North Carolina boy or girl that has no permanent home. You can give a child the love he or she has never experienced. You can be a difference maker that not only impacts his or her life today but gives that child bright hope for the future. 

What is foster care?

By becoming a trained and licensed foster care family through Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH), you provide family living care for a child over a planned period when his/her family or legal custodian cannot provide care.

Who are the foster children?

Foster children can be any child in North Carolina, ranging in age from infancy to 18 years old, who enters the foster care system. Each child has their own unique background, experiences, and specific needs. Many come from situations of abuse and neglect and do not possess a healthy self-esteem. Foster children need a family atmosphere, a place where they can belong. Most of all, they need to be loved and nurtured.

Will we be able to adopt the children we foster?

Possibly. The goal of foster care is reunification with the biological parents, however, if it is determined that reunification is not possible, adoption can become an option for permanency. Through our work with the child welfare system and partnership with Christian Adoption Services, a licensed adoption agency in North Carolina, adoption services can be provided seamlessly.

Click here to learn more about adoption through our partnership with Christian Adoption Services.

 

What is the relationship between Baptist Children's Homes and Christian Adoption Services?

BCH and CAS have a long history of helping vulnerable children in North Carolina.  In June 2019, BCH saw a growing need within our foster care ministry for children to be adopted.  CAS has placed over 2,000 children in Christian homes since 1979 and the mission of both organizations is very closely aligned.  As children with BCH are cleared to be adopted, we will work with CAS to get all the proper requirements completed so these children can be placed with a forever family.

Click here to learn about adoption through our partnership with Christian Adoption Services.

How can BCH help my church start a foster care ministry?

BCH’s foster care staff partners with your church to provide trainings that will equip and license couples in your congregation to become foster families. We also help you come alongside those couples, as a church body, to provide support and community to both them and the children who come into their families. The church’s role is vital.

Read the foster care article and hear from two NC pastors whose churches have partnered with BCH for foster care.

What are the requirements to be a licensed family foster home?

  • Applicants must be at-least 21 years old
  • Have stable income and a home in a wholesome community within 100 miles of one of the following North Carolina campuses of BCH: Kennedy Home in Kinston, Mills Home in Thomasville or Broyhill Home in Clyde. 
  • Complete 30 hours of pre-service training through BCH
  • Applicants and family members must meet minimum physical and mental health requirements
  • Applicants must complete an application and mutual home assesment
  • Complete a criminal background check

 

I would like to know more. How can I contact you?

Baptist Children’s Homes is happy to answer your questions and help provide all the information you need about becoming a foster family. Please feel free to contact us directly or fill out the form below and one of our staff members will be in touch soon.

Western Area: Broyhill Home in Clyde, NC
Eliza Harrell | 828-565-2584 | eharrell@bchfamily.org

West Central Area: Mills Home in Thomasville,NC
Danetta Christmas | 336-474-1238 | dchristmas@bchfamily.org

East Central Area: Cameron Boys Camp in Cameron, NC
Kay Burriss | 910-245-4034 | krburriss@bchfamily.org

Eastern Area: Kenney Home in Kinston
Brian Baltzell | 252-522-0811  | bdbaltzell@bchfamily.org

You can also call our main switchboard at 1.800.476.3669

 

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