You have what it takes

While there are many myths about foster care, the truth is anyone with patience, flexibility, and a loving heart can be a foster parent. We’ll help you.

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Become a foster parent

Your help—now more than ever—is critical to show kids and families they’re not alone. Take the first step toward becoming a foster parent.

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The need is now

There are more than 400,000 children currently in foster care in the U.S. When a child is removed from their home, their world feels out of control. They need to know they're safe during one of the most vulnerable times of their life. You can make a difference. We especially need foster parents for teens!

5 foster care myths

We’ll help you learn the facts.

"I don’t have what it takes to be a foster parent.”

You won’t be alone. You’ll have a team behind you, supporting you and the child in your care. We’ll equip you to understand child development and train you how to respond to trauma-related behavior.

“The kids are badly behaved.”

The truth is, these are good kids caught in bad situations. Most kids in foster care have experienced trauma, but we’ll equip you to parent them well.

"I can’t afford foster care.”

Foster parents receive a monthly stipend to help with food, housing, day care, and more—but be prepared to make personal sacrifices.

“It will be too emotionally difficult.”

Yes, you will become attached to the kids, but these children need adults who model healthy attachment and invest in their lives.

"I need to be married and own a home.”

Not true. Single parents or those renting their home make fantastic foster parents too!

Helping teens in foster care feel at home

My foster parents welcomed me when no one else would. I finally felt like I belonged.

- Teenager in foster care

More questions?

It's normal to feel scared or anxious about becoming a foster parent. Discover answers to your big questions with our guide to foster care.

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