Although being a foster parent is rewarding, it can also be difficult. It is important for foster parents to find support among others who understand the ups and downs of caring for children who are not your own. The following resources provide information that support foster parents during what can be a challenging process.
Family Focused Treatment Association
Strengthens agencies that support families caring for vulnerable children in an effort to define and refine treatment foster care practices.
Knowledge Center: Local/National Groups and Support
Foster Care to Success
Provides a list of national, State, and local groups that provide resources and community for foster and kinship caregivers.
National Foster Care and Adoption Directory Search: Foster Care and Adoption Support Groups
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Offers information and links to State foster care and adoption support groups. Download the NFCAD mobile app.
National Foster Parent Association
Supports foster parents in achieving safety, permanence, and well-being for the children and youth in their care.
How to Say Goodbye to Children in Your Home (PDF - 1,137 KB)
Iowa Foster Care and Adoptive Parents Association (2015)
News and Views, Spring
Suggests several ways that a foster parent can prepare to have a child in their care get ready to leave their foster home. Suggestions include life books, engaging the child in the packing process, craft activities, and more.
Support for Foster Parents
Describes the basic aspects of the fostering experience, including partnering with the child's caseworker, meeting the child's needs, preventing burnout, and learning resources.