Unaccompanied migrant children need temporary homes now

Thousands of unaccompanied migrant children need a safe, loving home until they can be reunited with family. We urgently need foster parents to help.
A young girl poses in front of a blue refugee tent.

Become a transitional foster parent for unaccompanied migrant children

If you’ve ever considered becoming a foster parent, the time is now. Unaccompanied migrant children flee to the U.S. for safety. They should be cared for by a family instead of an institution.

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

We currently offer transitional foster care in the following areas:

We’re actively working to expand TFC beyond these locations. Contact us to see if a future location will be near you, and follow us on social media for updates. If not, we encourage you to inquire with Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services (LIRS) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), who have transitional foster care programs across the country.

  • Atlanta, GA

  • Orlando, FL

  • Indianapolis, IN

  • Crofton, MD

  • Benton Harbor, MI

  • East Lansing, MI

  • Grand Rapids, MI

  • Holland, MI

  • Kalamazoo, MI

  • Muskegon, MI

  • Paw Paw, MI

  • Charlotte, NC

  • Reading, PA

  • Philadelphia, PA

  • Wexford, PA

  • Nashville, TN

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 family, gang extortion, or sex trafficking—all before the age of 12. That’s the reality for many unaccompanied migrant children coming to the U.S without a parent or guardian to keep them safe.  

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 an ideal transitional foster parent.

FAQs About transitional foster care

What is Transitional Foster Care?

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

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 12 and under. In some areas, we also place adolescent mothers with young children in transitional foster homes.

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 migrant 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.

The journey of an unaccompanied migrant child

Migrant children urgently need homes

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