Why Become a Foster Parent?

As a foster parent, you can give a child in need a safe, loving home.

Our Mentor foster parents all have something in common – they want to help kids in need. Being a foster parent does more than give someone a home. It changes lives. Yours and the children you care for.

If you’re wondering if fostering is right for you, here are a few of the best reasons to get started.

  • There’s a child who needs you. Nearly 424,000 children in the United States are in foster care. That’s 424,000 babies, children, and teens looking for a loving place to call home.
  • Change starts with one. One child, one teen, one life you can make better. One Mentor foster parent, there to help them through a hard time. It will make all the difference for them – for the rest of their life. Your love and encouragement are just what they need to live the joyful life they deserve.
  • There’s nothing more rewarding. As a Mentor, you can watch a child or teen grow after a difficult start in life. You’ll be there for the little moments and the big ones. From learning to ride a bike to learning how to drive a car, from first jobs to applying to college,­ there’s nothing a child can’t accomplish with your love and support.
  • You’ve got our support each step of the way. Fostering isn’t easy. That’s why we provide an entire team of experienced people to help. We’re here to help make sure you and the child in your care have the support you need. Together, we’ll celebrate them as the unique, deserving kid they are.

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If you have any extra love to give, please know that there are so many children that need it, are looking for it, and would be glad to have it. Closeup of shunda, mentor foster parent Shunda Mentor Foster Parent Read Shunda's Story

Foster care statistics

423,997

children in foster care (est.)

6.3 years

median age entering foster care nationwide

4%

were in care for 5 or more years

47%

were reunited with parents or primary caregivers

26%

were adopted


Our impact

We’ve helped children across the country live full, joyful lives. We’ve given families the support they need to live well together. See the difference we’ve made.

Read About Our Impact

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Find out if being a Mentor is right for you. We’re here to answer your questions and walk you through the steps.

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Every person has the right to live well.