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Foster Home Licensing & Training

Foster Home Licensing & Training

Why Foster?

Sometimes it becomes unsafe for children to stay in their family home. When children have been harmed or are in danger, they may need to live elsewhere while their caregivers get the care and resources they need to provide a safe home for the child in the future. We need foster families willing to provide a safe and stable environment to support that child and their family as they work to get back together.

Crossnore is here to prepare and support families in this foster parent role. We provide training, guidance, and support throughout the licensing process, and wrap-around care once children are placed in the home.

To the right are links to sign up on our online portal and a licensing staff member will contact you to talk more about foster care and how that may fit for your family. You may also begin your program application, if you are ready to take that next step. You may also reach out to us directly at fhlicensing@crossnore.org.

Other links will take you to a Program Overview, FAQ, and Upcoming Events.

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Steps Towards Fostering

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 and complete licensing requirements.

TYPES OF FOSTER PARENTING

FAMILY FOSTER PARENT
Fostering children who have had adverse childhood experiences until they can be reunited with their biological family or have another safe, permanent home identified.

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 need additional support for identified mental health or behavioral health needs. Therapeutic foster parents receive additional training and agency support to effectively care for these children and youth.

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.
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