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Foster parents must be licensed through the state of North Carolina. This requires all foster parents in Buncombe County to take MAPP, Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting, foster parent training classes. Classes are held three hours, one night a week for six weeks.

Orientation is offered during the first half of the first meeting. This is a good time to learn about the licensing and training processes and requirements as well as to begin to understand the expectations of Buncombe County’s licensed families. The second half of the first meeting sets the stage for the next five weeks of class. Some of the other class topics that are covered include:

  • Foster care experience
  • Helping children with attachments & birth family connections
  • Understanding the impact of trauma and foster care in the lives of children in care as well as your own family.

If you have any questions, please contact us anytime. Call us at 828-250-5868 or email us at Licensing staff members monitor both the voice mails and emails – be sure to leave us your contact information so that we can follow up with you.

Please see the calendar below to register for upcoming classes, recruitment events or training opportunities. Please email us at with any questions and to get more information.

MAPP & Support Group Training Courses