Adoption Services

Children playingDSS works diligently with other community partners to help families reunite with their children who have been removed for protection reasons.  Reunification with parents and custody with kin are the successfully achieved plan goals for most children.  In a few situations even after a great deal of hard work, children would not be safe if they returned home.  Adoption is sometimes the best option for these children.  

Fostering is the way most become adoptive parents for the children in DSS custody. Learn more about Foster Care

Need for Adoptive Parents

Adoptive Parents are needed to adopt children who become legally cleared for adoption and are in the custody of Rowan County Department of Social Services.

Informational Packet

Receive a free informational adoption packet by calling 704-216-7914. Please give your name, mailing address, phone number and email.

Steps to Get Started With Adoption Process

  • Step 1: Watch the North Carolina Foster Parent Orientation Video.
  • Step 2: Print your certificate of completion and bring it with you to the RCDSS Interest and Informational Meeting.
  • Step 3: Attend an RCDSS Interest/Informational Meeting. At least one prospective foster parent from each family must attend this meeting.

Prospective Foster Parent Informational Meetings

On Tuesday's at 5:30 p.m. attend our Foster Parent Informational Meetings at:

RCDSS Children's Service Conference Room
1813 E Innes Street
Salisbury, NC 28146

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Department of Health and Human Services to provide services, care, benefits, and assistance to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, or political belief.