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 513,000 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.

A Workbook for Foster Parents

Building bridges of hope after loss

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 Parents.

Building Bridges of Hope After Loss is a self-directed workbook aimed to provide support for foster parents who are grieving the loss of children who joined their families but had to leave either to meet the requirements of the court’s permanency plan or other reasons. 

Get All the Details  |  Download the Workbook

NFPA proudly announces that it will be awarding a scholarship to a student who is continuing their college or technical school enrollment beyond the first year. In addition to providing scholarships for graduating seniors/GED students to include:

  • 2 foster youth scholarships
  • 1 adopted youth scholarship
  • 1 birth youth scholarship

SOMETIMES... A New Book for Foster Kids  |  NFPA is pleased to introduce Keri Vellis and her book SOMETIMES! Keri Vellis, an experienced Foster Parent in Sonoma County, has written an engaging children’s book to comfort foster kids who are displaced from their homes. Keri’s goal is to help children who are transitioning to another home feel good about themselves, and understand that there can be loving people around them as well as happiness in their lives. Please use coupon code NFPA and Keri will donate $1 per sale back to NFPA. 

It is the hope that your responses will be instrumental in helping us to better inform policy, practice, and training of foster parents who may care for LGBTQ youth.  You can help by completing the survey.

Choose NFPA in the Combined Federal Campaign | CFC #11817 |  The Blue Campaign is the unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice.

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.

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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