The NFPA strengthens
foster families through nationally focused legislative advocacy,
training and education, publications, and
networking among foster parents, state and local foster parent
associations, and child welfare organizations.
The purpose of NFPA is:
- To bring together foster parents, agency representatives
and community people who wish to work together to improve the
care system and enhance the lives of all children and families.
- To promote mutual coordination, cooperation and communication
among foster parents, Foster Parent Associations, child
care agencies and other child advocates.
- To encourage the recruitment
and retention of foster parents.
- To inform the membership
and general public of current issues regarding foster care.
The National Foster Parent Association, a nonprofit,
volunteer organization, is the only national organization
to support foster parents and remains a consistently
strong voice on behalf of all children.
The Association works to advance the professional role of foster
parents and speaks out in order to protect the children they
serve. By advocation for improvement in the child welfare system,
the NFPA helps to ensure that foster homes remain the best possible
alternative for children needing foster care placement.
Association programs and activities offer friendship, support
and the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences. In addition
to the Annual Training conference, held each Spring and attended
by over 1,000 foster and adoptive parents, child agency staff
and others interested in the well-being of children, the NFPA provides keynote speakers, workshop facilitators, and hosts local
Membership in the NFPA is
open to anyone interested in improving the foster care system
and enhancing the lives of children and