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.
You may become a foster or adoptive parent if:
Step 1: The online orientation created by the State of North Carolina is a good way to see if you are ready to foster a child. Please visit the Orientation website.
Step 2: Complete the Foster/Adoptive Parent Screening Application found on our Foster Home Licensing and Adoption page.
Gaston Department of Health and Human Services has 3 types of Foster Homes: