Student Placement
Hardship Caregiver

What relation are you to the student?

To enroll a student you must be the parent, legal guardian or DSS placement. IF none of these apply, a Hardship Caregiver is required. 

The hardship caregiver is only valid for one school year and it must be renewed every year the student is enrolled and living with the caregiver. 


**We are currently unable to notarize documents in our office, please be sure to notarize your document prior to submission**


Need to find a notary?  Click here to find a notary public. 


Prior to submission, the completed application must be notarized by a North Carolina (NC) public notary. 


To schedule an appointment, contact:

Phone:  (980) 343-5335 

Email: cmshardshipcaregiver@cms.k12.nc.us 



NOTE:  A notarized statement does not constitute legal guardianship in the state of North Carolina. 

NOTA: Una carta notarizada no constituye custodia legal en el estado de Carolina del Norte. 



Downloadable Hardship Caregiver applications

English Form




Persona Encargada de un Estudiante en Situaciones Difíciles: aplicaciones descargables. 




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