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Our Mission is to be a respected national voice for Foster, Kinship and Adoptive Parents through networking, education and advocacy.


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

We Have a VOICE!

Let’s Use It . . .

Thanks to NFPA CoSA State Affiliates who presented to the committee staff
on behalf of all foster, adoptive and kinship parents at our recent NFPA Capitol Hill Day. 

We have been notified that HR 3058 is now scheduled for markup
by the House Ways and Means Committee

This morning, Thursday, NOVEMBER 28 at 10:00 am

NFPA is joining over 50 partners from the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness in bringing awareness to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and the latest updates from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

FASD United – Arnie Shows Off His Red Shoes!

Red Shoes Rock, a global awareness campaign giving voice and support to those affected by prenatal alcohol exposure.

The Red Shoes Gala was held September 19th in Washington, DC.  The celebratory event honored congressional champions and FASD professionals and featured speeches from inspiring FASD self-advocates.


Voice For Adoption

Voice for Adoption advocates for the 117,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted.   NFPA Executive Director, Arnie Eby has joined their Board as a Lived Experience Voice of Foster Parents.

$20 Million to C.A.S.E. (Center for Adoption Support and Education) to launch the first ever National Center to Support Mental Health Services in the Child Welfare System through grants from ACF (Administration for Children and Families)

NFPA is honored to be a collaborator on this huge project and we are excited to be able to share some of our expertise and resources in support of high quality mental health services to children and families interacting with the adoption, foster care and guardianship systems.

Click here to view the official press release and for more information.


Check Out NFPA's Training Institute

NFPAti - FREE, online courses, for child and youth caregivers, provided by Centene Corporation.  

Available 24/7. Training certificate provided upon completion of each course. Click here to check it out!


Journey to Success – NFPA/CoSA Fall Meeting
October 26-28, 2023 – Hyatt Regency, Reston, Virginia

This very successful meeting provided an opportunity for 20 of NFPA’s Council of State Affiliates (CoSA) members to meet with 12 Congressional leaders and staffers and participate in a high-level impact briefing with staffers from the House Ways and Means Committee to discuss the complexities of foster parenting and needed support.

Click here to view the press release for the event.

Click here to view our legislative overview.

NFPA/CoSA are grateful for sponsorship of this event by Journey to Success, a policy advocacy campaign to improve outcomes for all youth and young adults who experience foster care.  Journey to Success funding supported travel, staff and meeting costs.

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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.

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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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