More foster parents are needed to provide temporary homes to children who have been abused or neglected, while services are provided to help parents and children be reunited. Cabarrus County Department of Social Services currently is taking applications for prospective foster parents.
Children in foster care often need support beyond a temporary home. Everyone in the community can help foster children by donating school supplies at the annual Foster Care Celebration on Sunday, July 17 at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium. Bring school supplies to the Kannapolis Intimidators game at 5:05 p.m. July 17.
In an effort to encourage more adults to consider foster parenting, Cabarrus County’s own Channel 22 is now broadcasting a three-part foster care series featuring the unique personal stories of foster parents here in Cabarrus County. These videos can be viewed on Timewarner Cable Channel 22 or accessed online at http://www.youtube.com/user/CabarrusCounty#grid/user/491CE8423750A614.
To be a foster parent, a person must:
• Be at least 21 years old.
• Pass a background check and complete finger printing.
• Have a fire inspection completed on the home.
· Have enough income to meet the family’s current needs
• and complete an application and training.
All potential foster parents will attend a 10-week training course to learn the foster care and adoption process, as well as how to care for children who have been in different situations.
To receive an information packet about foster home licensing, contact Cabarrus County Department of Social Services at 704-920-1400 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.