Post Adoption Support and Resources
Many of the children available for adoption through the North Carolina child welfare system are eligible for monthly payments, medical benefits and other services. The monthly adoption assistance payment in North Carolina is based on the age of the child and the child’s specific special needs. More information is available at the NC Division of Social Services Adoption website.
Agencies Providing Ongoing Support to Adoptive Families
You can contact the County Department of Social Services in the county where you currently reside or where your adoptive child was adopted from to request post adoption support services. Many offer support groups, individual consultations and advocacy. Specific county information can be found here or call toll- free 1-877-625-4371.
Regional Providers of Post Adoption Support Services
To supplement services that are provided by local departments of social services, the North Carolina Division of Social Services has contracted with the following agencies to provide post-adoption services to families of all adopted children. A child who has been adopted through any kind of adoption, including foreign, domestic, foster care and stepparent adoptions is eligible to receive services through these agencies.
Region 1: Barium Springs Home For Children/Children's Hope Alliance
Serving: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Transylvania, EBCI
Region 2: Children’s Home Society
Serving: Avery, Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Yancey
Region 3 & 4: Catawba County Social Services
Serving: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Stanly, Union, Watauga, Wilkes
Region 5: Barium Springs Home For Children/Children's Hope Alliance
Serving: Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin
Region 6: Children's Home Society
Serving: Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Guilford, Orange, Person, Randolph
Region 7 & 8: Center For Child And Family Health
Serving: Anson, Cumberland, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, Richmond, Scotland, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, Wilson
Region 9: Children's Home Society
Serving: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Pender, Robeson, Sampson
Region 10: Children's Home Society
Serving: Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, Washington
Region 11: Children's Home Society
Serving: Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Greene, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico, Pitt
Family Support Network of North Carolina
The Family Support Network of North Carolina locations across the state provide support and information to families caring for children with special needs and for those individuals serving families. They operate a central directory of resources of local, state and national agencies that offer service, parent programs, support groups, disability information, parenting issues and other topics. They also offer training and outreach to families and an extensive lending library. Call toll-free 1-800-852-0042 for more information.
Family Resource Centers
Family Resource Centers provide community-based family support services for all family members. Services may include parent education, therapy, information and referral, and other services unique to the community. Call 1-919-334-1150
FosteringNC.org: Online training, webinars and resources for adoptive and foster parents.
Center for Adoption Support and Education
Adoption Tax Credit Information