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What the system taught me
From her first days as a Child Protective Services investigator to Bethany senior vice president, what Cheri Williams has learned over her social services career has changed her thinking about what’s best for children. Today she’s in a position to do something about that.
Refugee foster parents step up to help Afghan teens feel safe, loved, and connected
Short-term immigrant foster care parents open home to Afghan teens
"I felt safe with people I knew"
Amy entered foster care at 15 after disclosing years of abuse at home. But family would also play a key role in her healing.Play
"It's a no brainer: You're there for family"
Two parallel phone calls changed everything. One call was from the school counselor, saying Bobbi’s daughter had disclosed years of sexual abuse. The second call was from Bethany, asking Bobbi’s sister if she could provide kinship care.Play
What is kinship care?
When children enter foster care, kinship placement has many benefits, including keeping children connected with their families.
Helping teens in foster care feel at home
As foster parents, Danny and Dahlia love to help teens. It’s not only the urgent need for foster homes for teens, although that’s part of it.Play
"We're called to help"
For Marla and Robert, short-term immigrant foster care is an opportunity to be a part of the solution to the crisis of immigrant children coming across the border without their parents.Play
How foster care will change your child’s life
As a biological child of foster parents, Alexis grew up with kids in foster care who became like brothers and sisters. Fostering has shaped her just as it has her parents and the teens who have spent time with their family.
What are the requirements to be a foster parent?
Learn age, space, and work requirements for becoming a foster parent.
As a new foster parent, is it OK to ask for help?
It can be hard to ask for help—especially if you’re afraid others will think you don’t know what you’re doing or you’re not doing a good job. Learn why asking for help is OK!