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.

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Arnold Eby Named New NFPA Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the National Foster Parent Association is pleased to announce the selection of Arnold Eby as our new Executive Director effective January 1, 2022.

Eby has already begun working with NFPA and our current Executive Director, Irene Clements, to affect a seamless administrative transition.

Eby is known as 'Mr. Arnold' to over 130 children in foster care that joined the Eby family over the years; ‘The Monster' in roughly one million (and counting) games of monster tag; and as just 'Arnie' to his friends. He has been married to his wife Donna for 30 years, and together they have been foster parents for over 20 years, including three foster children (ages 5, 7 & 9) through the COVID-19 pandemic. They are the parents to three daughters and three sons, four of which are adopted from the foster care system.

Arnie most recently served as the Executive Director of the Maryland Resource Parent Association (MRPA) and has been involved with MRPA in various capacities since its inception 17 years ago. He is also the past Chair of the Maryland Children’s Justice Act Committee, and serves on multiple other national, state, and local government committees, including as the current Public Policy Chair for the National Foster Parent Association. The NFPA is excited to bring Arnie's leadership and expertise onboard.

Please join us in welcoming Arnold “Arnie” Eby to the National Foster Parent Association!  

Paycom Software Donates $25,000 to the NFPA!

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 1, 2021) – Paycom Software, Inc., (NYSE:PAYC), a leading provider of comprehensive, cloud-based human capital management software, donated $25,000 to The National Foster Parent Association to help provide foster families opportunities for advocacy, networking and education.

Read the full press release HERE.

Are you looking for quality training opportunities for Foster, Kinship and Adoptive parents that are ONLINE, FREE and targeted to your specific needs?

Then be sure to have a look at NFPAti! There are dozens of valuable training sessions that you can take - on your schedule, when it's convenient. 

You will receive a Training Certificate when each course is completed.

Visit the Training Institute now to enroll in the session - or sessions - that are of most value to YOU!

NFPA Board of Directors Applications Now Being Accepted

The National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) is looking for energetic individuals who would enhance the dynamics of the Board of Directors by bringing skill sets in one or more of following categories: Marketing, Programs, and Fundraising, and any other area that would help the NFPA further their mission.

The NFPA is a non-profit, volunteer organization established in 1972. The mission of the NFPA is to be a respected national voice for foster, kinship, and adoptive families through networking, education, and advocacy.

The NFPA is currently in the initial stages of our next three-year strategic planning and is making every effort to identify and fill gaps in areas to strengthen our team. We are looking to add 2 new Board Members to assist us in a volunteer capacity in becoming a more diverse Board with members who represent our various constituencies.

Click 'Apply Now' for more information and to apply for a position.

FORWARD 50th Education Conference Sessions

Are you looking for the list of sessions that were included in our 2021 Forward 50th Education Conference? You can find those here:  https://courses.nfpaconference.com/

A printable look at the conference is found HERE.


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.

2021 Annual Membership Meeting

The NFPA Executive Director and the NFPA President of the Board of Directors met on Saturday, October 2, 2021 to host the 2021 Annual Membership Meeting. Progress of the NFPA during 2020 was highlighted.

The Annual Membership Meeting can be seen on the NFPA Facebook page, or can be viewed below.

To download a copy of the NFPA 2020 Annual Report, click HERE.

The Approved 2020 Meeting Minutes are found HERE.

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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