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When children are not able to return to their parents, adoption gives children in need of a loving family a permanent home. Adoption is the legal and social process by which a child born to one set of parents becomes the child of another parent or set of parents.  The adoptive parents then assume all of the rights, obligations, and responsibilities of the birth parents, just as if the child had been born to them.

Guidelines Relating to Adoptive Applicants

  • Must be at least 21 years old

  • Physical and emotional capacities will be considered in determining whether age is a deterrent to placement

  • The child shall be given the opportunity for religious or spiritual and ethical development

  • Must have sufficient income to provide reasonable economic support

  • If married, you must have been married for at least one year.  Single people are also eligible.

  • An agency application must be completed and a home study will be conducted and reviewed by an adoption committee.

  • A fingerprint check will be completed on each applicant.

Foster/Adopt Inquiry Process

You can print the attached form (inquiry form) and mail it to the attention of the Foster/Adoptive  Home Licensing Staff at Orange County DSS, 113 Mayo Street, Hillsborough, NC  27278.  Inquiry Forms are also available at our Chapel Hill and Hillsborough offices located at 2501 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill NC 27516 and 113 Mayo Street Hillsborough NC 27278.  You can complete these forms at either DSS office if that is more convenient and they will be routed to the licensing staff.  After your form is received in the Licensing Unit you will be contacted by a licensing social worker to inform you of the next orientation meeting.  Thank you for your interest!