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Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:25 pm 
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Location: Forest City, NC
Your Adoption Connection: Pursuing adoption from NC foster care
I'm planning to do straight adoption using Children's Home Society of NC. I'd love any feedback on the adoption process in NC and/or about Children's Home Society.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:58 pm 
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Your Adoption Connection: We are hoping to adopt through foster care.
My sister is currently being licensed through this group, but the process has been LONG and frustrating. I don't think it is the Children's Home problem as much as the State processing the application. We started months after her in NH and are already on our first foster placement, while she is still waiting for approval. Hope your process is quicker! I'd love to hear how it goes. Good Luck!


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Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:35 pm 
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Your Adoption Connection: Pursuing adoption from NC foster care
I'm okay with a longish wait at this point, but thanks for the heads up. I chose Children's Home Society mainly because they responded to my questions and were very courteous (not over-eager like they were desperate for families, but encouraging). When I tried to contact the county agency for where I'll be living, I got no response. It is a very rural county with stagnant population growth, so I'm thinking they probably don't have a high need for families. I wouldn't want to use the county agency anyway if I were to do foster care because of the risk that I might end up with a kid who is related to one of my clients (current plan is straight adopt, but I might open up to legal risk placements if I don't get a successful match within a year).

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Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:38 pm 
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Location: Forest City, NC
Your Adoption Connection: Pursuing adoption from NC foster care
I've decided to try the local DSS rather than using Children's Home Society, at the suggestion of a coworker who used to work there and knows the adoption supervisor. I've got the application and hope to put it in the mail Tuesday, and the next MAPP/GPS class starts Sept. 11th. I'm still planning to focus on adoption rather than foster care, so I'll limit myself to situations where TPR has already occurred. When I contacted them they did not try to pressure me to do foster care first, which I'm taking as a good sign.

It would be nice if I could be matched with a child who already lives in this county, since it would likely make for an easier transition for the child, but I will be open to a child from anywhere in the state.

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Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:05 pm 
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Location: Farm fields of Illinois
Your Adoption Connection: International, foster and private adoption.
Heather,
What age of child are you hoping to adopt? I don't live in NC, but I work with Adopt America (strictly volunteer as an adoption specialist) and I have one family from NC I work with. Currently, they may have a match, but it's a private placement I referred them to.

Once you are licensed and homestudied, you can sign up with Adopt America and have them as a resource to help find a child in foster care for you. (Adopt America is free and in no way hinders your work/wait with your own agency in NC.)

Pm me if you're interested once you get further along in the process. :nod

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Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:01 pm 
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Location: Forest City, NC
Your Adoption Connection: Pursuing adoption from NC foster care
Thanks Linny! I will definitely check back in with you once I have my home study done. I am open to a child up to age 12. There are a fair number of NC kids on AdoptUSKids, but it seems like a lot of the profiles specify 2-parent families. I'm assuming there are a fair number of kids not photolisted, though. And from what I've heard, they don't always stick with what the profile says when considering families.

The classes run through November, so I'm assuming my home study probably won't be done by the end of the year, but hopefully by my b-day Feb. 1st.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:53 pm 
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Your Adoption Connection: Mom through adoption to my son, 5 years ago!
Hi Heather! I'm Lori and I live in the central part of NC. My husband and I were foster parents with our county DSS for a year before finding our son through a member on this board and adopting him privately through an attorney.

I hope the process goes smoothly for you!

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Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:13 pm 
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Your Adoption Connection: Pursuing adoption from NC foster care
Well, the MAPP classes ended up being cancelled due to low turnout, so now I'll have to wait for the next class that starts in January. I did learn a lot by chatting with the foster care and adoption licensing supervisor while waiting to see if anyone else would show up, though. It sounds like there is a high need for foster homes (probably not helped by lackluster recruitment efforts on the part of the agency), and a lot of foster parents end up adopting (another source of the foster home shortage, since those who adopt often stop fostering). I'll spend the next few months thinking some more about the possibility of being dually-licensed for both foster care and adoption.

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