The National Voice of Foster Parents


In foster care, children are provided with a safe, nurturing, loving family for a temporary period of time.

          • It's Challenging
          • It's Rewarding
          • It's Life Changing


NFPA has an important mission to support the care givers of our nation's most vulnerable children and youth.  What can you do?

    • Volunteer - As a volunteer based organization, NFPA relies on people like you.  Join one of our committees, volunteer to support our events, or even help provide content for our website
    • Join the Friends of NFPA - make a monthly donation pledge and be recognized for your on-going support.
    • Donate - Make a one-time donation by check or credit card. 
    • Become a Member - membership is open to any individual concerned with the welfare of children in the foster care system.


Walk Me Home.... to the place I belong is the signature fund-raising and awareness event for foster care in America. We know not everyone can be a foster parent, but Walk Me Home is a great way to support the over 437,000 children in foster care. 

This year thousands and thousands of walkers will participate in Walk Me Home events across the country, raising funds to support the life changing programs and activities of foster care associations throughout the United States.  

Learn more about how to get involved here


The National Foster Parent Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization established in 1972 as a result of the concerns of several independent groups that felt the country needed a national organization to meet the needs of foster families in the United States.

Today, NFPA has grown from an original group of 926 foster parents, 210 social workers and 59 other professionals to an organization that represents thousands of foster families nationwide through foster parent affiliates.

This mission of the NFPA is to be a respected national voice for foster, kinship, and adoptive families through networking, education, and advocacy.

annual education conference

Join the National Foster Parent Association in partnership with the Florida State Foster and Adoptive Parent Association at our national learning conference for foster, kinship, and adoptive parents, and child welfare professionals.  Get all the details here!

Why attend?  Great learning opportunity; Meet parents from all over the United States; Receive your training hours; Visit sunny Orlando with various entertainment options; and it is a great value!!

Virtual Walk

Join the National Foster Parent Association in celebration of National Foster Care month by taking part in Walk Me Home, the walk to support family foster care. For those not near a Walk we are giving you the opportunity to support Walk Me Home by participating in a Virtual Walk on May 12, 2018, in your own hometown, park, running/walking trail etc. Wherever you choose. You don't have to walk to participate in the virtual walk. By creating a fundraising page and inviting friends to support you is another way to help.  ~ Sign Up Today

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Resources for foster parents

Happy New Year: A Letter from the NFPA President

As the NFPA prepares to enter 2018 I want to thank each of you for reminding us daily of our purpose, to advocate for parents; foster parents, kinship parents, adoptive parents, the children in their care and former foster youth make up the core of what the NFPA begins every day focused on. To that end, we have brought on several new board members with skills, experiences, and expertise to broaden our outreach and assure that we have the best people working to provide the most successful outcomes for those we represent.  Read More >>

National Foster Care Month

Today marks the first of 31 days proclaimed as National Foster Care Month.  I want to extend my appreciation to those who live this amazing life day after day. We all do this for many reasons, we told ourselves as we embarked on this journey that it is about keeping children safe, helping them heal, but we soon find out that we make changes within ourselves that we could never have predicted. Our entire future is forever affected by what we live with these children every day, and even after they leave us we hope we have impacted their lives as much as they have ours.   Read More >>

The Foster Hero Series Benefits the NFPA

Green Frog Publishing is excited to announce that teacher and author S. T. Santos will donate $1 for every paperback from the Foster Heroes Series sold on Amazon. A collection of four heart-warming books, the Foster Heroes Series includes Mom’s Gone…Mama se ha ido… Dad’s Sad…  and the Foster Heroes Series Journal and Coloring book.  Shop the List >>

New Tools To Help Foster Parents

Foster parents are critical to helping children heal from trauma and thrive. Child welfare systems must ensure they have the problem-solving skills that they can apply in their homes and relationships. To help child welfare professionals equip foster parents, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has partnered with leading experts in caring for children who have experienced trauma to create two immersive, skill-building curricula.  Read More >>

Training | Trauma Informed Parenting
Online Training for Trauma Informed Parenting  |  The Foster Parent College is offering an online course about Noncompliance and Defiance.  Register today for 2 credit hours at $10.00 per person.

Training | Noncompliance and Defiance
Online Training for Noncompliance and Defiance  |  The Foster Parent College is offering an online course about Noncompliance and Defiance.  Register today for 2 credit hours at $10.00 per person.

Our Partners

The National Foster Parent Association is a champion for the thousands of families that open their hearts and their homes to the over 400,000 children in out-of-home placement in the US. The NFPA believes in the importance of family-based care for foster children and that every child deserves support and a permanent family.

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