Interested in Becoming a Foster Parent?


CARING for Children is asking local adults to join us in caring for children in our Angels Watch, Therapeutic Foster and Family Foster Care programs. We will provide the training and ongoing support you need to make a positive impact in the life of a child!

Learn more about becoming a foster parent.

 

programs-purpleFamily Foster Care


CARING for Children’s Family Foster Care program provides services to children in the custody of the Department of Social Services.  These youth need long-term foster care placement and are not eligible for therapeutic foster care services. Homes are available in most Western Counties. Children can remain in care until reunited with parents or appropriate guardian, or until adopted.

For more information or placement, please contact:
Lizzi Shimer (828) 777-8907

 

programs-purpleTherapeutic Foster Care


This program is a specialized Level II mental health foster care program designed to work with youth of all ages who have a history of behavioral, emotional, medical, and/or mental health problems. Licensed foster parents work with children on the issues that caused them to be placed out-of-home.  Case Managers provide intensive support to foster parents while the youth is in care. Referrals to the program are made through a mental health provider, and fees are paid through Medicaid or another third-party funding source. Homes are available in most western counties. Stays range from a few weeks to several years if medically necessary.

For more information or placement, please contact:
Lizzi Shimer (828) 777-8907

 

programs-purplePERCS Foster Care


PERCS (Proactive Enhanced Response Crisis Services) is a three-bed Therapeutic Level II foster care program for Buncombe County children, ages 0-18, who have been removed from their homes by and in the custody of the Buncombe County Department of Social Services.  This emergency services foster care program provides a safe, supportive environment while long-term placement is being arranged. Therapeutic Foster Parents are located in Buncombe County, and the maximum length of stay is 30 days. Foster Parents and Program Managers place special emphasis on helping children understand their situation and adjust to the changes taking place in their lives.

The PERCS program is an adaptation of CARING’s signature program, Our Place. Our Place, a six-bed emergency shelter for children who were removed from their homes by the Buncombe County Department of Social Services, opened in July of 1975 to provide care for these children. It was designed to provide temporary care to help children through the crisis period and give the social workers time to develop a good long-term placement for an individual child.

For more information or placement, please contact:
Lizzi Shimer (828) 777-8907

 

Referral Application


In order to make a referral to CARING for Children for consideration of services, please print out and complete a Foster Care Referral Form. Please fax the form, along with a copy of the most recent PCP and Comprehensive Clinical Assessment (if available) to: (828) 298-2478.  Completion of the referral form does not guarantee that placement will be accepted. Thank you.