The Division of Social Services licenses child-placing agencies for:
- Foster care
- Child-placing agencies for adoption
- Residential child care facilities
- Residential maternity homes
- Foster homes
North Carolina General Statute 131 D-10.3 requires that child-caring institutions, residential child care facilities, group homes, maternity homes, child-placing agencies for adoption, child-placing agencies for foster care and foster homes be licensed by the North Carolina Division of Social Services.
How to Apply
NC DSS is responsible for licensing:
Child Placing Agencies
Residential Child Care Facilities
If you are interested in providing foster care, contact your county department of social services.
Licensing Agency List
Foster Care Agencies
Residential Child Care
Please email us you have any questions, comments or concerns about our licensure policy.