When Child Welfare IS NOT Involved
Adoption is a legal process that creates a parent-child relationship between people who are not parent and child by birth. Once a child is adopted, that child has the same legal rights as a child born to the family, and the adoptive parent has the same legal duties as a birthparent to care for and raise the child. The relationship changes from grandparent/grandchild (or aunt/niece, cousin/cousin, etc.) to parent/child. Find more information about adoption and the court process.
NC Legal Options for Kinship Caregivers
- Temporary Parental Safety Agreement
- Becoming a Licensed Kinship Foster Parent
- Caregiving Without Becoming a Foster Parent