The National Voice of Foster Parents


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

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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.


The National Foster Parent Association is pleased to present the 2019 Tax Benefits for Foster, Adoptive Parents and Kinship Caregivers. This resource guide provides you with valuable information worth several thousand dollars or more in tax benefits.

The guide explains basic rules and offers tips on ways that foster and adoptive parents and kinship caregivers can claim deductions and credits available to them. Neither the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) nor commercial tax manuals offer information on unique tax rules that affect these families. As a result, obscure and complicated tax rules cause some families, and even some commercial tax preparers, to overlook or miss deductions and tax credits.

This information should not be considered legal advice or tax advice – it is general information that should not be acted upon except in consultation with a professional tax adviser. Give a copy of this guide to your tax preparer, and discuss the qualifications for any of the benefits discussed here.

The Federal Tax Benefits for Foster, Adoptive Parents and Kinship Caregivers resource guide provides you with valuable information worth several thousand dollars or more in tax benefits.

This guide is only available to Individual and Friends of NFPA members (join NFPA now!): 

lock iconFederal Tax Benefits for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Caregiver - 2019 Tax Year

Update:  If there is one thing that foster, adoptive, and kinship caregivers understand, it is that things can change in an instant requiring us to adapt to new and different scenarios. Our number one priority is your health and safety, and you can be assured that we are closely monitoring the news and considering any necessary steps related to this year’s annual conference. As the situation unfolds, we will continue to post updates regarding any actions necessary on our conference website at

50th Annual Conference

June 18 -21, 2020 | Reston, Virginia

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 50th anniversary conference of the National Foster Parent Association, Together Toward Tomorrow.  Our conference is the largest gathering of foster, kinship, and adoptive parents, and child welfare professionals from around the country.  You will experience a tremendous learning opportunity with the bonus of experiencing peer support from other parents who are walking together toward the future with you! You can receive your training hours, visit the capital, and explore other entertainment options, and it is an outstanding value!

This year, the conference is packed with training opportunities; there are workshops nearly every moment of your waking hours for you to select based on your interests and educational needs.  If you choose to attend every training opportunity, you will secure 21 hours of training over four days.

Held at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, VA, the 50th annual conference will feature developmental learning sessions focused on improving the everyday lives of the children and youth in care and their families - foster, kinship, adoptive, and birth children.


The National Foster Parent Association offers up to six $500 scholarships to birth, foster, kinship, and youth adopted through foster care wishing to further their education beyond high school.  The applicant's parent, or another supportive adult, must be a member of the NFPA. Scholarships are awarded to high school-level students who are graduating or getting their GED.

Application Requirements

  • An application must be submitted by online form.
  • Application, and all attachments, must be received by 5:00 PM Central on April 5, 2020.
  • Have a parent, or other supportive adult, that is a member of the NFPA 
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation from foster parents, social workers, residential center, principal/teacher/guidance counselor, or employer.
  • Essay in 300-500 words on "How my foster care experience has shaped my future goals."
  • Incomplete applications will be disqualified.


The National Foster Parent Association offers a scholarship to a former foster youth wishing to continue their college or technical school enrollment beyond the first year. A scholarship is awarded to a college or technical school-level student who is entering their second year of college or technical school.  

Application Requirements 

  • An application must be submitted by online form.
  • Application, and all attachments, must be received by 5:00 PM Central on April 5, 2020.
  • Essay in 300-500 words on "How my foster care experience has impacted my educational goals."
  • Must be or have been in foster care through a US child protection agency.  
  • This scholarship application will be used by members who emancipated or aged out of foster care at the age of 18 or older.
  • Must be currently enrolled in college or technical school, and provide proof
  • Are planning to continue college or technical school in the 2020-2021 school year
  • Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

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nfpati sponsored by centene

Centene and The National Foster Parent Association announced today a partnership to bring online training to foster caregivers nationwide via the NFPA’s Online Training Institute. Centene will provide the online platform and facilitators, and the NFPA will provide the educational material and instructors. The trainings will address a variety of topics such as the role foster caregivers play in mentoring birth parents and internet safety.

Combining our child welfare expertise will allow us to disseminate training to foster caregivers more broadly, which will further support and empower them in providing the best possible care to our children and youth.”Centene and the NFPA will also collaborate to create new curriculums and trainings that will give foster parents quick and easy access to education that addresses targeted issues they commonly encounter.

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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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