Join the Foster Parent Training Classes
Orientation is strongly recommended before attending a training class. If you cannot make the Orientation times however, please call anyway! The Orientation sessions and MAPP classes are held at 200 College Street. This is in the ground floor of the TD Bank building in downtown Asheville.
Orientation Sessions -Attend one of these first!
- Sessions start at 6:00pm and last until 8:30 pm.
- Thursday, January 10, 2013
- Monday, March 18, 2013
- Tuesday, June 4, 2013
- Monday, August 19, 2013
MAPP Classes 2013
- Classes run from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
- Winter Session: Thursday’s, Jan. 17 - Mar. 21
- Spring Session: Monday’s, Mar. 25 - Jun. 3
- Summer Session: Tuesday’s, Jun. 11 - Aug. 13
- Fall Session: Monday’s, Sept. 12 - Nov. 18
If you have any questions, please contact us anytime. Our phone number is 828-250-5868. You can also email us anytime at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Foster Care anyway?
Foster care happens when Social Services decides that a child in not safe in his or her home (and a judge agrees) but the parents do not have anywhere else to send the child. The child is then placed in foster care temporarily while the parents get services and make their home a safe place for their child to return to.
Jimmy Wayne: Foster Hope
See recording artist Jimmy Wayne speaking about his experience in foster care.
Foster Hope [Windows Media]
Am I needed as a Foster Parent?
Yes! In Buncombe County, there are over 250 children in care, but we have only around 90 foster homes. This means that many children are placed in group homes…or away from their siblings…or sent out of county – far away from everything they know. We need quality, loving foster families to help provide for these children.
What are the requirements?
- You may be married or single
- You must be 21 years or older
- Have a high school diploma or show the ability to read
- A source of stable income is required
- You must pass a criminal background check
- You must provide excellent references
- You must not have a negative history with a child welfare agency
- You must not live with anyone who has been convicted of a felony
- You must have a working telephone
- Must provide each child their own bed
- Must be CPR and First Aid certified
Can I foster with my life-style?
You do not have to be rich to be a foster parent. You can rent your apartment. You can be single, married, or in an un-married relationship. You can work full time. You can not work at all (as long as you can show that you are financially stable). It is important to us to have foster families from many different lifestyles because we have children from all different backgrounds!
Do I get paid to be a foster parent?
No. However, you will receive a monthly check to help cover the child’s expenses while s/he is in your home. This ranges in amount by the age of the child:
- 0-5 years = $475
- 6-12 years = $581
- 13-17 years = $634
The children also are covered by Medicaid for any health or therapy expenses.
How long do kids stay in my home?
This varies tremendously. If an appropriate relative can be found, the child may be with you for only a short while. If not, the child may be in your home for a year or more – depending on how quickly the parents can complete their services. At around a year, if the parents are not doing what has been required, the judge will start to look for a different plan for the child such as Guardianship to a Relative or Adoption.
Where do I get more information?
Information Line: 250-5868
Busting Myths of Foster Care [PDF]
What Foster Children Look Like [PDF]