(a)  The mutual home assessment shall be carried out in a series of planned discussions between the licensing worker of the supervising agency, the prospective foster parent applicants and other members of the household. The family shall be seen by the licensing social worker in the family's home and in the supervising agency's office.

(b)  In an application involving a single applicant, there shall be two separate face-to-face interviews occurring on two different dates. In an application involving joint applicants, there shall be a separate face-to-face interview with each applicant and an additional two face-to-face interviews with both applicants. The two face-to-face interviews shall occur on two different dates. There shall be separate face-to-face interviews with each member of the household 10 years of age or older. Training and group sessions do not count as face-to-face interviews. The assessment process shall be a joint effort of the supervising agency and the applicants to determine the applicants' suitability for providing foster care and the kind of child the applicants can best parent.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-10.1; 131D-10.3; 131D-10.5; 143B-153;

Eff. September 1, 2007;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2011;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. October 3, 2017.