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My husband and I are researching the process of adopting a child from foster care in North Carolina.  We have talked to several non-profit adoption agencies who seem like they would be good choices.  I would love to hear actual reviews from people who have used an agency in NC.  The ones we have spoken to are Childrens Home Society of NC, Lutheran Family Services, Methodist Home for Children.  Feel free to share your experience for these or any other agencies in NC.  Thank you!

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Are you going to look only for children who have already been cleared/TPRd for adoption.
Because if not, as a foster parent you are expected to support reunification, not try to adopt. It’s something you need to consider.

Posted by NoraT on Jul 01, 2019 at 3:03pm

We used Children’s Home Society, I think they were very good.

If you are looking to adopt from foster care, there are a few things to be aware of:

1. There are very, very few healthy babies and toddlers free for adoption through foster care.  Most of them that become free are adopted by their foster families. 

2.  If you foster a child who is not already legally free for adoption, you will be expected to support reunification with the birth family until and unless TPR happens, even if the birth family is poor, hateful to you, or you believe that the child would have a better life with more opportunities with you and your family.  It is unethical to purposely or unconsciously undermine the attempts to reunite the birth family. 

3.  If you primarily want to adopt and don’t want to spend months or years fostering children that may ultimately return to their family, you need to be able to stand firm about this, and stick to respite placements for kids who are not legally free.  Social workers will ask you to take kids who aren’t legally free.  I don’t really blame them as they are pretty desperate to place kids, but it does mean that you will need to advocate for yourself and “know your family” (one of the MAPP steps). 

4.  Check out the adoption photolistings on adoptuskids and CHSNC.ORG.

Posted by NPNFEEF on Nov 02, 2019 at 5:36pm

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