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Adoption files in North Carolina are not open to the public. Only non-identifying information and any health history that might be available can be shared with an adoptee.
The first step in adopting a child is to contact your local Department of Social Services. In New Hanover County, call 910-798-3475 to set up an appointment. A social worker will meet with you to discuss your goals and desires, and will direct you toward the next step in the adoption process
Anyone who is 21 years or older, has a safe home, source of income, and has patience and love for children can apply to become a foster parent. They should contact their local Department of Social Services. In New Hanover County, call 910-798-3566 regarding the application and training process.