Foster & Adopt

Triangle and Pitt County Areas | Are you interested in fostering or adopting?

We have information sessions to answer your questions.

•  What it means to be a foster parent.
•  What the training & licensing process is all about.
•  What types of children are referred to our foster care / adoption program.
•  Dates for our next MAPP training class.

Our Next Virtual Session – click dates for details

Tuesday, May 9, 6 to 7:30 p.m.


Click to fill out our Foster Parent Screening Form; please use Chrome or Firefox browsers.
We will follow up within 24 hours of receiving your entry.


An 18-year-old stood on the sidewalk outside her family’s new home –
       And she cried.

She cried because her mom and siblings have a place to live –
       No more homeless shelters and random hotel rooms.

She cried because her 4-year-old brother has childcare (on scholarship, with us!) –
       And that helped her mom find a better-paying job.

She cried because of the kindness extended by people they know –
       And people they may never know (that’s you). 

You haven’t met this family, but you helped –
You helped when nothing else was going their way.

You helped when they least expected it –
       Because they didn’t know what to expect. It hadn’t always been this way.

Homelessness happened so fast. Their father canceled the lease on their home, then walked away. An accident wrecked their car. Childcare and transportation costs ate up their mom’s paycheck; little was left for housing and groceries.

And while these are adult problems to solve, it’s always the children who end up getting hurt.

Thankfully, in this case, the hurt was met with kindness. Someone cared enough to help. And one teenager was grateful to the point of tears.

Thanksgiving this year will have new meaning for her family.

Thank you for lifting them back to their feet.

Lessons in unconditional love

“If one person is inspired to offer and/or accept unconditional love, then our job has been done.” – Barry Fetzer, above left, with his brother Bruce

I love you all the time!
When their three kids were little, Barry Fetzer and his wife, Arlene, always read to them at bedtime. Then Barry would make up a rhyme about how much they were loved:

“I’d say, ‘I love you here to there’ –
and I’d touch the top of their head, then down to their toes.
And then, ‘I love you east to west. I love you the best.’ ”

It went on for years, Barry rhyming for his kids. But once they were adults, he wanted them to remember. So he started to jot down verses from their childhoods, sending one at time to his brother Bruce, who would illustrate and send them back.

Back and forth they went for years – from Barry in Swansboro to Bruce in Albuquerque. Until they had a book: I love you all the time!

We are grateful to be the beneficiary of their book sales. Barry and Arlene first supported Methodist Home for Children through their church, Swansboro UMC, more than 20 years ago!

Visit the Fetzer brothers at to order books and learn about the Thanksgiving Day treat that inspired their domain name. You can also order through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, and Books-A-Million.

First Chance Auction

Immerse yourself in island life –

Need a getaway? We have two vacation spots up for auction May 18 at First Chance for White Pants. But you can’t win if you don’t come. Round up your friends, get a bidding strategy together. And get your tickets now!

Sand Castle

Spend one off-season week in a beautiful 5- or 6-bedroom Sand Castle property at Emerald Isle. With options for spacious floorplans and stunning Bogue Sound views, you pick the home (valued up to $4,500) that best fits your needs. Valid Oct. 8, 2023-March 4, 2024. View your options

Donated by Emerald Isle Realty


Harkers Island Bungalow

Enjoy three nights – any season – at this authentic 1940s beach bungalow with 2 bedrooms and a water view. The home features front and back decks, charcoal grill, and plenty of room for cars and boat trailers. See details

 Donated by Brad and Suzanne Williams


Take the sunshine with you –

Radiant Diamond Earrings

Bright and versatile, these fluted bezel studs are 14k yellow gold with two round diamonds, .03cts total, GH/SI

Donated by Bailey’s Fine Jewelry