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.

49th annual education conference

josh shipp

Josh Shipp


The National Foster Parent Association is proud to announce Josh Shipp, nationally renowned motivational speaker and former foster youth will keynote the 49th Annual Education Conference, Navigating the Future, to be held June 12 – 15, 2019 at Delta Hotels by Marriott Anaheim Garden.  On Saturday, June 15, 2019, Shipp will engage many hundreds of  foster, adoptive, and kinship families, advocates, and child welfare professionals nationwide.  His message is simple, powerful, entertaining and provides inspiration and strategies to care for and work with children and teens who have been abused and neglected.     

Check out the conference page for all the information.

Learn more about our keynote speaker, Josh Shipp.

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Exhibitors & Presenters

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Youth Scholarship

The National Foster Parent Association offers scholarships to NFPA members whose birth, foster and US adopted youth wish to further their education beyond high school, including college or university studies, vocational / technical school or junior college. 

Continuing Education

The National Foster Parent Association Continuing Education Scholarship was established to benefit former foster youth who are currently enrolled in a college or technical school.  One continuing education scholarship is available each year.

Helen Stone Memorial

The Helen Stone Memorial Scholarship is awarded to five current foster, adoptive, or kinship caregivers to provide assistance in attending the National Foster Parent Association's annual education conference to be held in Anaheim, California on June 12, 2019, until June 15, 2019.

Resources for foster parents

Upcoming events


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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