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Sometimes we need a little reminder about why we became foster families, and these inspirational quotes from foster parents, former foster youth, counselors, writers, and therapists can give you the inspiration you’re looking for. Feel free to share!

Foster Care Quotes About Families

“There are no unwanted children. Just unfound families.” -Anonymous

“I may not have carried you for 9 months but I will spend the rest of my life loving you, protecting you, and doing whatever I need to make you happy.” -Anonymous

Quotes to Inspire You to Become a Foster Parent

“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.”  – Josh Shipp

“If you can help a child, you don’t have to spend years repairing an adult.” – Joyce Meyer

“We live in a world in [which] we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” -Fred Rogers

“Parenthood requires love, not DNA.” -Anonymous

Foster Care Statistics

According to, there are approximately 424,000 foster youth nationwide. 20,000 youth age out of the foster care system between the ages of 18 – 21 annually.

The National Foster Youth Institute (NFYI) noted that after reaching the age of 18, 20% of the children who were in foster care will become instantly homeless.

NFYI also found that 50% of youth who age out of the foster care system will have a substance dependence.