Calling all families to action

More than 5,000 unaccompanied children at the U.S.–Mexico border need a safe, loving home until they can be reunited with family. We urgently need foster parents to help.


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A young girl poses in front of a blue refugee tent.

We need all hands on deck

If you’ve ever considered becoming a foster parent, the time is now. The children in Customs and Border Protection custody are being held in overcrowded holding facilities. A border patrol facility is no place for a child.

Can you become a transitional foster parent to give kids a safe, loving home—until they can reunite with family?

The journey of an unaccompanied minor

A mother with her toddler daughter on her back walks toward a group of refugees outside a building as the child looks back toward the direction they came from.

Short stay. Long impact.

Imagine facing violence, extreme poverty, unexpected separation from your family, gang extortion, or sex trafficking—all before the age of 12. That’s the reality for many unaccompanied children seeking asylum. 

As a transitional foster parent, you'll provide a safe, temporary home for a child until they can be reunited with a family member.   

If your family is flexible, patient, and willing to provide emotional support, you would make a wonderful transitional foster parent.

FAQs about Transitional Foster Care

What is Transitional Foster Care?

Transitional foster care provides a safe, temporary home to unaccompanied children while we pursue their reunification with family in the United States.

Do I have to speak Spanish? 

No. While bilingual parents make fantastic foster parents, it’s not required that you speak another language. Bethany provides translators and interpreters to ensure the kids in your care receive the support they need. 

How old are the kids? 

Most children in this program are ages 10–15.

How long does a child need care?

A typical stay is about 1–2 months, but may be more or less depending on the child’s and their family's needs.

Where do the children come from?

Children needing transitional foster care are fleeing community violence and unsafe conditions in Central America, with the most common countries being Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. However, unaccompanied children may also flee violence from other countries, and the U.S. is their first country of asylum.

Do I need to be licensed?

Yes. Bethany provides a fully-integrated program, including licensing and training, case management, a daily educational curriculum, and primary and behavioral health support.

What’s my role as a transitional foster parent?

Foster parents are asked to provide a safe environment and a loving home for a child during a difficult life transition. Foster parents provide transportation to and from school, emotional support, and serve as a valued member of our treatment teams that help to assess and meet the needs of each child.

Kids urgently need homes

Will you give an unaccompanied child the temporary home they so desperately need?