Children come into care through involvement with Child Protective Services due to allegations of abuse, neglect and/or dependency. Children may also come into care through court orders and involvement of the Office of Juvenile Justice.
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Foster Care provides a temporary, stable, loving home for a child until reunification with the biological family or caregiver can be established.
Gaston Department of Health and Human Services works to identify permanency through adoption, kinship placement, and guardianship. Foster families are often considered top of the list for adoption so the child can stay in a familiar environment.
You may become a foster or adoptive parent if:
View our 4 Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent.
Gaston Department of Health and Human Services has 3 types of Foster Homes: