Licensing Requirements

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  • Must be at least 23 years old
  • Must be a resident of Guilford County for a minimum of one year
  • Can be married, single, divorced, widowed, etc.
  • Must wait at least 12 months after any significant life change (birth, death of family member, divorce, marriage, etc.) before moving forward with licensing process
  • Must have reliable transportation, including valid NC driving license & valid auto insurance
  • Must have at least a GED
  • Must have sufficient income to meet own financial responsibilities
  • All household applicants 18 years old & older will be fingerprinted and must submit to criminal & CPS record checks
  • All household applicants must complete a current physical, including a TB test for all applicants 18 years old and older
  • Must be in good health (mental & physical), as evidenced by a complete physical
  • Must have adequate space in the home to allow for each foster child to have his/her own sleeping space
  • Must be willing to work in partnership with DSS, biological parents & other team members
  • Must be willing & able to provide a safe, stable & nurturing environment for a foster child
  • Must complete a face-to-face orientation session
  • Must complete an on-line orientation session at *Print & save certificate