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

Visit our National Foster Care month web page HERE to discover downloadable resources, notifications of events and virtual conferences, to shop for Foster Care Appreciation items, and more!

Click HERE to visit our Conference website!

Here you'll find:

  • Registration for the event that starts June 23rd;
  • Sponsored Caregiver  Conference Scholarship application (due May 27th!);
  • Links to purchase Agency Bundles;
  • And more!

As the conference starts we'll be posting event documents and Resources here, so be sure to bookmark the site so you can easily find it later.

NFPA Seeks Historical Information

You are cordially invited to share any information you have that helps tell our NFPA story. This could include, for example, photos, documents, short story memories, and activities or events.

Just as the history of children and families helps us understand their past, so is it valuable to know the history of organizations. This not only helps us respect the past, it also can pave the way forward.

So, of course, NFPA wants to keep track of our legacy -- ancestors, events, any information -- that helps us be informed and respectful about our roots and better informs our future.

There is much to celebrate and learn from as the NFPA continues over more than 50 years to provide foster families across the United States with networking, advocacy, and educational supports. In fact, that is our mission! Information from local, regional, state and like-minded organizations is welcomed. We also want to highlight foster parents and other foster care professionals who were instrumental in the leadership and activities of the NFPA over the years.

Whatever you may be able to provide will be respectfully organized and assembled by two of NFPA's seniors: Irene Clements, former Executive Director, and Eileen Mayers Pasztor, former member of the Board of Directors who also was a mentee of one of NFPA's co-founders.

If you would like to participate, please contact Irene at ireneclements17@gmail.com and let her know what you have that may be helpful and that you are open to sharing. Deadline for submission of information/items is Friday, June 3, 2022.

Irene and Eileen will collaborate with Arnie Eby, NFPA's Executive Director, to explore the best way to present this precious information. Our "time traveling project" aims to use the present to respect the past as NFPA goes to the future. Please join us!

Heartfelt thanks -- Irene, Eileen, and Arnie.

A printable version of this announcement can be downloaded HERE.

Executive Director Arnie Eby met up with our esteemed former Executive Director Irene Clements and current President Karen Poteet at this year's CWLA Conference!  They are celebrating Foster, Adoptive and Kinship parents, and spreading the word about the NFPA mission and our upcoming Strength Conference.

Irene, Arnie and Karen at the CWLA Convention, 4/29/22

Executive Director Arnie Eby

 Irene Clements being honored at a CWLA Conference event for her years of service and significant contributions to Foster, Adoptive and Kinship parents.

Irene Clements with April Michelle Rivera-Curtis

Current President Karen Poteet with Former Executive Director Irene Clements

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 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 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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