Every night in America, over half a million children go to bed in foster care. They have been removed from homes broken by death, divorce, drugs, alcohol, physical or sexual abuse, illness or financial hardship. Maybe you think you have enough love in your heart to help one or more of these kids. Perhaps you do, but those who have been there say it requires courage, empathy, patience and tenacity as well as love.
This page outlines some of the challenges and rewards of foster parenting. Read more on HRC's blog.
Children are placed in your home on a temporary basis. Their stay could be as short as one night or as long as several years.
The rewards to foster parenting are countless. Two foster dads from Missouri, Derek and Justin, say "Becoming foster parents has been, without a doubt, one of the best choices we've ever made." Read their story here.
Below are just a few of the reasons to open up your home and your life to a young person in need.