NC Kids Adoption and Foster Care Network

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Foster Child Adoption in North Carolina

Some foster children will never go back to their birth family. But every child deserves a "forever family." If you are interested in providing a safe and loving home to a child; if you have patience and wisdom to share; you could be the perfect parent for a child who truly needs you.
Children waiting for adoption include:

  • Children with special needs, such as physical, mental, and emotional disabilities
  • Sibling groups
  • Teenagers
  • Minority children, especially African American males

You can be an adoptive parent if you can provide a child with care and stability, and are ready to meet the challenges that will arise.
The process of becoming an adoptive parent is not expensive or complicated, and resources are available to adoptive parents.

Additional information about how to become a foster or adoptive parent, frequently asked questions about the process and the child welfare system and information about the types of children who are in need of foster and adoptive homes can be obtained by exploring this website and reading North Carolina’s “You Don’t Have to be Perfect to be a Perfect Parent” brochure.

About NC Kids

At NC Kids, we help connect waiting children with families by:

  • Featuring waiting children on this website and the national Adopt US Kids website. These websites help you find legally free children who are awaiting adoption.
  • Maintaining a central database of children available for adoption and families who are interested in adopting children from the foster care system
  • Offering matching services for waiting children with pre-approved families registered with NC Kids

We also provide:

  • Adoption support services, including how to get started on your adoption
  • Community outreach
  • Announcement of trainings and adoption-related events

NC Kids works with agencies, children and families. We are not an adoption agency and do not make any decisions about child placement.
For more information, or to register with NC Kids, please call our hotline at 877-625-4371 or email us at


Meet The Children

Who Can Adopt

How To Adopt

Pre-Placement Assessments

Post Adoption Support and Resources

Frequently Asked Questions


For more information or to register with NC Kids, please call our hotline at 877-625-4371 or email us at

Contact information for all 100 North Carolina County Departments of Social Services.

NC Agencies providing post adoption support services