Create a safe haven for kids in foster care

When you become a foster parent, you give a child the stability and support they desperately need as their family works toward reunification.

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The urgent need for foster families in the U.S.

We need foster parents to support sibling groups of two or more, ranging in ages up to 17.

More than 400,000 children are in foster care in the United States.

- according to HHS
an african american teenage boy hugs his toddler sister in their foster parents' home

One of life’s greatest roles

Of all the ways you can show love, foster care is one of the greatest. When you welcome a child or teen into your home, you show them bold love while their family works toward reunification.

If you're interested in playing this important role, Bethany can help you be the answer for a child in need. You provide a loving home, and we'll provide the support you need.

Dismantling the myths of foster care

Myth: I don't have what it takes to become a foster parent

Fact: If you can provide love and stability, you're a perfect candidate. Flexibility and the ability to laugh are always helpful, as well.

Myth: Kids in foster care are "troubled"

Fact: The truth is, these are good kids facing difficult situations. With the support of a caring foster parent, these children can learn to address their emotions and behavior.

Myth: I can't afford to become a foster parent

Fact: You'll receive monthly reimbursements, which vary from state-to-state. The child's medical and dental care is paid through state Medicaid programs. We can help you find other local resources too.

Myth: It will be too emotionally difficult when foster children are reunited

Fact: Reunification is always the primary goal of foster care. Yet, it's important that you connect with the child and invest in their life. When the family is reunited, it's normal to expect a grieving process.

Myth: I need to be married and own a home to foster

Fact: If you're single or renting, you can foster.

How much does foster care cost?

Foster parents receive a monthly, tax-free stipend. While it varies by state, most foster parents report it covers necessary expenses like food, clothing, and school supplies.

You will still discover additional out-of-pocket costs, which is why we recommend foster parents seek community resources and family support.

Inspiring foster care stories

Inspiring foster care stories

If not you, who? 

Time is running out for many older children in foster care. You could be the family they need now.

In my worst moments, my family had my back

When her marriage and her world fell apart in one day, Bobbi’s family came through in every way so she and her children could be together.

It’s time to do better for kids and parents in foster care

In a conversation between Chris Palusky, Bethany’s President and CEO, and Corey Best, an award-winning child welfare reform advocate and a father, we’re invited to learn about how the child welfare system can be improved.

Resources you can rely on

You deserve information you can trust. Explore our collection of articles and blogs designed to help you and your family thrive.

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If you're feeling scared or anxious about becoming a foster parent, you're completely normal. Discover answers to your big questions about foster care.


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Information is power. When you attend a foster care meeting in your area, you'll dive in deep, ask questions, and discover if foster care is right for you.

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When you’re ready to take the next step in your journey, we'll connect you with a licensing specialist.

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