Becoming a foster parent is a huge commitment of time that takes approximately 120 days and leads to foster home license. At the beginning, you will meet with a recruiter about your interest in fostering and attend an orientation. Once you have made a commitment for fostering, you will be required to attend an intensive six-week pre-service training program that consists of a hybrid model: weekly in person training sessions and online training modules. This training will provide the opportunity for both you and NCCF to assess your strengths and needs for support as a foster parent. This process will result in a mutual assessment of your willingness, ability and resources to protect and nurture children who have experienced trauma. If, based on the assessment, you are selected as match for fostering with NCCF, you will continue with the licensing process, which includes the completion of required documents, criminal background checks, medical examination, a home health and sanitation inspection, a fire inspection, and a home study. It is important to note that any member of your household over the age of 18 will be responsible for completing criminal background checks and medical clearances as well.