We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.
— Fred Rogers

County Agency

Mecklenburg Youth and Family Services

704-336-5437 or https://www.mecknc.gov/dss/adopt/pages/default.aspx

Approximately 500 children in need of foster care reside in Mecklenburg County and need a stable and loving home. Mecklenburg county is in dire need of foster homes for children of all ages, specifically teenagers, sibling groups, children with special needs and those of various racial backgrounds, especially minorities. You can help meet this need by becoming a foster parent. Youth and Family Services are looking for singles and couples with life experience to provide stability, patience, love and guidance. You do not have to be perfect to be a foster or adoptive parent.


Private Agencies Serving Mecklenburg County

Alexander Youth Network

Contact: SJackson2@alexanderyouthnetwork.org

The Therapeutic Foster Care Program at Alexander Youth Network provides training to become foster homes for children and adolescents who need treatment for mental health problems, trauma-based behaviors, or severe emotional disturbances. Alexander Youth Network also have two programs: Rapid Response Homes and IAFT. Rapid Response Crisis Homes Program provides immediate and temporary out-of-home placement for a child with mental health disorders to prevent hospitalization or removal from an existing placement. IAFT is Intensive Alternative Family Treatment® an advanced level of behavioral care in a family environment. IAFT is a highly-structured placement option for children and young adults with significant behavioral and emotional challenges.

Carolina Family Connections

(704) 568-9753

3141 Amity Court, Suite 200

Charlotte, NC 28215


Carolina Family Connections is a nonprofit foster care placement agency located in Charlotte, NC serving Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. With a staff of that has over 100 years of combined experience in foster care and child welfare, CFC is able to offer each of our families an abundance of knowledge and support in navigating the journey of becoming a foster parent and fostering vulnerable children. As an agency, we work to remove barriers for individuals and families to become and remain foster parents so that we can house and serve as many children in our community as possible. To do this, we provide services such as: 

-Foster parent training, licensure, supervision, advocacy, and support

-Financial and material support to foster families as needed

-Free in-person and online in-service trainings

-Foster parent appreciation and support events

-Free transportation services for foster children

-Foster family respite

-Free family fun at community events

-Support and assistance through the foster-to-adopt process

-And much more! 

If you are interested in making a difference and becoming a foster parent, please contact Carolina Family Connections today! 

Children’s Home Society

Website: chsnc.org 


Children’s Home Society is North Carolina’s largest private, non-profit foster care provider with offices in 10 cities and a statewide staff serving all 100 counties.  We serve more than 18,000 clients each year through foster care, therapeutic foster care, adoption, educational, prevention, and supportive services.  In pursuit of our mission to promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe, and loving family, CHS has placed more than 16,000 children into loving adoptive homes since our founding in 1902.  There are more than 400 children in CHS Foster Care on any given day, and 92% of children placed in CHS homes experience only one placement.  Children’s Home Society is there to support our foster families every step of the way. 

Thompson Child and Family Focus

Jenn Stout,MPA Director of Family Support Services

828 447 5720 cell


Thompson provides MAPP training, TFC training and also one on one in home training called Deciding Together to certify foster parents. Thompson provide outpatient therapy, medication management, on-site psychiatrist, in-home therapy, intensive in home, community based transitional living case management for foster teens, dedicated respite homes for our foster homes, 24/7 support, child care and a meal during quarterly foster care training. Thompson also provides online foster parent ongoing trainings, Christmas gifts, and back to school supplies for Thompson children.