Adoption and Foster Care

The Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services Adoption and Foster Care program assists children cleared for adoption with finding temporary placement within approved foster homes or permanent homes.  

 

If it is necessary for a child to come into Mecklenburg County's foster care system, our first goal is to work toward reunifying the child with the birth or biological family. If Mecklenburg County is unable to reunify the child with their family, social workers immediately begin searching for a new permanent family for the child.

 

If you want to learn more about foster care or adoption, or if you have a concern or suggestion, please fill out the Information Request Form. A social worker will contact you within two business days.

 

Mecklenburg County Heart Gallery

The mission of the Heart Gallery is to raise awareness about the need for safe & loving foster and adoptive homes for children in foster care. Request Information on adoption and becoming a foster parent!

Mecklenburg County Heart Gallery Children available for Adoption.

Josalynn, 13

Josalynn is sweet and pleasant. She loves school and makes friends easily. Josalynn enjoys watching TV, using her tablet, and playing with her dog. Josalynn is talkative, curious, and responds positively to praise. 

Jacob, 16

Jacob loves sports, especially football and basketball. His dream vacation is going to the beach. Jacob is eager to learn and his favorite subjects are English and Math.

Mecklenburg County Heart Gallery Children available for Adoption.
Mecklenburg County Heart Gallery Children available for Adoption.

Joevon, 12

Joevon is bright and curious with a lot of energy. He is very thoughtful and loves to be outside.

Mecklenburg County Heart Gallery Children available for Adoption.

Aleia, 12

Aleia is a happy, sweet, sassy, and caring young girl. She has an infectious smile and an energetic disposition. She has a kind heart and a funny personality. Aleia enjoys helping where she can, Aleia enjoys doing word searches, puzzles, games, coloring, riding a bike, listening to music, and watching videos. Aleia's favorite snack is hot Taki's and she would eat them every day if she could. She also enjoys eating at Wendy's and Bojangles and making her own sauce to dip her fries into. Aleia enjoys talking and visiting with her older sister and needs a family that would allow this to continue.

Austin, 12

Austin is a playful and smart child who enjoys being the baby of the family.  Austin has a big heart and a funny personality. He enjoys playing Minecraft, his favorite video game.  He also loves, cars, army men, Leggos and chocolate cake. He is very polite and well-spoken and loves having his picture taken.

Austin loves fried chicken, corndogs, and pancakes. He also loves listening to the Beatles and Michael Jackson. Austin also recently learned to ride his bike without training wheels. Austin enjoys visiting with his older sister and brother regularly and needs a family that would allow this to continue.

Mecklenburg County Heart Gallery Children available for Adoption.

Ronnell, 15

Ronnell is the typical teenage boy. He loves going to car shows, playing video games, and being outside. Playing outside you will find Ronnell riding his scooter or bike or playing with neighborhood kids.  He enjoys swimming and playing soccer.  Ronnell likes to play with Legos. His favorite hobby right now is trading Pokémon cards with his peers. Ronnell has a bubbly personality. He is very inquisitive and enjoys conversations on any topic. Ronnell is a big helper and will offer a helping hand to anyone in need. He has strong advocacy skills. He is a natural researcher and loves to learn new things. 

Mecklenburg County Heart Gallery Children available for Adoption.
Mecklenburg County Heart Gallery Children available for Adoption.

Gia, 7

Gia is a playful and smart child who enjoys being the baby of the family.  She has a big heart and a funny personality. She enjoys riding her bike, doing her hair, polishing her nails, and playing with her dolls. Gia is very polite, well-spoken, and loves learning new things. Gia loves good food, swimming and gymnastics. Gia also has close connections with her paternal grandmother and needs an adoptive family that would need to allow this to continue. Gia needs a family who will provide clear rules and boundaries. Gia is also afraid of animals and will need a home that does not have any pets. She responds well to verbal redirection and incentives for good behavior. Gia needs a family with a great deal of patience who can advocate for her needs. Her chosen family should have excellent communication skills and be experienced in dealing with children who have experienced trauma. Her forever family would need to be patient and willing to move slowly in the adoption process.

Serenity, 13

Serenity loves makeup, nails, and clothes. She also enjoys singing and listening to music and uses this as one of her coping skills. Serenity likes to knit and crochet. Serenity is currently in the 7th grade; academically, she does well in school though she does find math a challenge and has recently requested tutoring. She has plans to try out for the track team and is interested in singing. Serenity is kind, easy to talk to, and loveable. She has a strong desire to be adopted and be a part of a family where she is accepted for who she is.

Mecklenburg County Heart Gallery Children available for Adoption.

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