The National Voice of Foster Parents

Federal Tax Guide for Foster Parents

The National Foster Parent Association publishes an annual guide for foster, adoptive and kinship parents that explains the ins-and-outs of how in-home care affects your federal taxes.

The Tax Benefits for Foster, Adoptive Parents and Kinship Caregivers resource guide provides you with valuable information worth several thousand dollars or more in tax benefits.

This guide is only available to Individual and Friends of NFPA members (join NFPA now!): 

lock iconFederal Tax Benefits for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Caregiver - 2017 Tax Year

For in-depth adoption credit information, we recommend that you also visit the North American Council on Adoptable Children website.

If you plan to use online tax software to file your taxes, take a look at's section on Online Tax Software to find one that's right for you. (This is not an endorsement for or the Online Tax Software page. This suggestion is provided only as a resource for our members.) 


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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