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.

2018 Youth Scholarship Fund


The National Foster Parent Association Youth Scholarship Fund was established to benefit foster, adoptive, and birth children of NFPA members.

  • Up to five scholarships of $500 are awarded annually.
  • Scholarships may be awarded to current foster children, biological, or adopted children of an NFPA member.
  • Scholarship awards are granted for post-secondary education, including college/university, vocational, or job training.


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.

Conference registration will go live on March 15, 2018.  Registration cost for NFPA members and Florida families is $175/person for the entire conference. 

BOOK YOUR ROOM TODAY! Daily hotel rates for the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Conference Center range from Queen Double - $129; Standard King - $129; King Deluxe - $149; Executive Suite - $329 and Villa Rates/Two bedroom villa - $229.  Hotel reservation cutoff is May 26, 2018.

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!!

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 >>

A Self-Directed Workbook for Foster Parents

The National Foster Parent Association, in partnership with Hazelle Tanag, MSW and Dr. Eileen Mayers Pasztor, DSW, is proud to introduce Building Bridges of Hope After Loss: A Self-Directed Workbook for Foster ParentsThis resource uses a self-directed design so that foster parents can work with this resource on their own, with other members of their families and/or other social workers or other service providers. This workbook includes both activities and resources for future support.

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 >>

Her Story Wasn't Just of Abuse.  It Was Slavery.

A call the day before Christmas Eve informed one foster mother in Oklahoma about a sixteen-year-old girl in need of a family in time for the holidays.  She had been waiting in a shelter for a family as parental rights had just been terminated when neither of her parents attended any court hearings.  Her circumstances were unique, though, because she wasn’t picked up by child welfare because of abuse by her parents.   She was picked up from a hospital, who called caseworkers when no parents were willing or able to care for her.  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. 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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