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.

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Do you have ideas that would strengthen foster care in your area? Are you committed to ensuring that foster parents have the training and support they need to best serve children? Not sure where to start to advocate for the changes you want? Come learn how you can make a difference!

NACAC and the NFPA are working with CHAMPS (Children Need Amazing Parents), a national campaign to ensure bright futures for kids in foster care by promoting the highest quality parenting. Our goal is to help foster/adoptive/kinship parents make policy changes in your state. In this workshop, we will review the CHAMPS policy goals and discuss working with legislators, executive branch officials, and the media. You’ll learn how to advocate for policy reforms.

    1. Participants will learn effective techniques and strategies for systems advocacy
    2. Participants will learn to tell their personal stories and develop effective messages for advocacy
    3. Participants will learn about working with partners, developing an ask, and working with the media

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    You asked, again, and he is back, this week we have the founder of The Foster Care Institute, Dr. John DeGarmo.

    John is a leading international foster care expert and consultant, and TED Talk speaker has worn many hats throughout his life. He is the author of several foster care books, including the new book The Little Book of Foster Care Wisdom: 365 Days of Inspiration and Encouragement for Foster Care Families, the best selling book Faith and Foster Care, as well as the foster care children's book A Different Home: A New Foster Child's Story. He is the director of The Foster Care Institute and acts as a consultant to foster care agencies and legal agencies across the USA. Dr. John is a High Content Speaker and informative trainer on the foster care system, and travels extensively across the globe, meeting with foster parents, child welfare workers, churches, schools, and organizations.

    ☕️ Join us every Tuesday on Facebook at 10 AM Central.

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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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