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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 foster 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 which strives 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 conferences.

Membership in the NFPA is open to anyone interested in improving the foster care system and enhancing the lives of children and families.

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