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.

The National Foster Parent Association is excited to announce our 50th Education Conference, FORWARD, will be hosted virtually this year.

Thank You, Foster Parents

May 2021 once again has been proclaimed by the President as National Foster Care Month, a tradition that dates back to 1988 with the first Presidential proclamation. These statements of recognition provide an opportunity to acknowledge the essential role of foster families in our country’s service to children and parents who cannot safely stay together.

This year, the National Foster Parent Association is requesting that public and private child welfare agencies and organizations nationwide go a step further by proclaiming National Family Foster Care Month. Focusing on a family perspective recognizes how essential it is to consider the strengths and needs of every member of a foster family.



Today, the RITZ brand, one of America’s favorite crackers, launches a campaign titled “Foster Welcome” to celebrate foster parents this Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. In collaboration with the National Foster Parent Association, the program shines a light on foster moms and dads and their role in helping children in need feel welcome. 

RITZ Brand Partnership

Join the National Foster Parent Association as we discuss the new #FosterWelcome campaign with Ritz Crackers and The Martin Agency.

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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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