Becoming a Foster Parent

Every child in foster care has experienced some kind of trauma in their life.

Each therapeutic foster child struggles with their mental health and has their own specific needs. Atwell Center and its foster families provide the opportunity and resources for these children to learn to manage their mental health and begin to heal.

These children are in need of stable, patient, and loving homes to support and empower their recovery.

steps to becoming a foster parent

• Fill out the yellow form to the left for us to contact you with more information.
• Initially, you will need to go through a training process and evaluation.
• We then work with you to find the right match.

fostering facts

As the amount of children in the foster care system grows every year, the need for foster homes increases.In 2019, there were 17,039 children in the foster care system in North Carolina. When a home cannot be found, children have no choice but to sleep at social services or siblings are split up.
50% of foster youth are jobless and have no income for four years when they age out of the foster care system. The average income for a young adult aging out of the system is $7,500 per year. These foster children need a supportive environment where they can grow and achieve their goals to become independent members of their community.

deciding together training

Training is free for potential families and conveniently provided based on the family’s schedule and availability. Training consists of six books and seven meetings with an assigned licensing worker. Child selection and placement is based on the family’s preference and the child’s specific needs.
We are there for you every step of the way. Each family will have an assigned care coordinator as well as a licensing worker who are there to assist with all appointments and meetings for the children placed in your home. You will receive $4200 per month to spend on the care of your child.

requirements for therapeutic care parents

• 21 years old
• Can be single/married
• High school diploma or GED
• Stable income/finances
• No government assistance (EBT/Food Stamps, subsidized housing)
• Background check
• Complete 30 hours of training
• Complete 10 hours of continuing education annually