Foster Care Licensing & Training

Foster Care Licensing & Training

The mission of Crossnore Communities for Children Foster Care Licensing & Training program is to license and supervise single-family foster homes and therapeutic foster homes.

We need families interested in providing a foster home for children in need. In return, each family will receive training, a home study, and ongoing monthly support throughout the foster care licensing process and beyond.

Below is a brief overview of foster parent licensing at Crossnore. To the right is a short video about our program and other links that take you to a Program Overview, FAQ, Licensing Specialists, and Upcoming Classes.

We invite you to complete the inquiry form by clicking the Contact Us button on the right and a Licensing Specialist will contact you.

Ready to apply? Begin your foster parent application by clicking the Start Your Foster Parenting Journey Here button to the right.

Due to Government recommendations regarding social distancing, Foster Care Interest meetings and Trainings will be provided via tele-conferencing at this time. Check out our Events page or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more information about these sessions.

What’s involved in getting my foster care license?

You can be a foster parent if you are:

  • Committed and able to help kids who have experienced trauma,
  • at least 21 years of age and a legal resident of the United States,
  • single, married, or coupled, and financially stable,
  • and willing to attend FREE pre-service training meetings.

Types of Foster Parenting:

  • Family Foster Parent
    • Fostering children who have had adverse childhood experiences for as long as they need to be in care.
  • Respite Foster Parent
    • Providing relief care for a child in foster care. Respite care may last one night, over a weekend, or for as long as 30 days.
  • Therapeutic Foster Parent
    • Fostering children who have had adverse childhood experiences and who have a higher need of care that requires additional training.

How will Crossnore support me on this journey?

Crossnore Communities for Children will provide:

  • Training and support from a dedicated staff person,
  • a room and board stipend to assist with the child’s needs,
  • on-call support, 24/7,
  • support groups and other ways to connect to a fostering community network,
  • and continuing educational opportunities.

“What I really would like is spending quality time with my mom and dad and going places together… I really want just a regular family who goes to church and will help me with my homework… I want a family to love me for me.”

~ Megan, Age 11

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