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LIRS is now Global Refuge.

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Become a Foster Parent

Give the gift of hope and home.

At Global Refuge, we believe every child—regardless of race, religion, or country of origin—deserves a safe and loving home.

We invite you to partner with us in providing a safe home where children can rise above the obstacles they faced in their home country, or on their journey to the U.S., and grow into healthy adults. Each refugee or immigrant child has a different story. The love and support you can provide them will change both of your lives forever.

We have a network of dedicated service partners across the country with specialized foster care programs, but foster families are urgently needed and always in demand.

The Process

  1. Learn about becoming a foster parent for immigrant and refugee children. Connect with an Global Refuge partner site for more information.
  2. Become a licensed foster parent. The application process typically includes background checks, interviews with family, and a home study assessment.
  3. Get trained. Foster parent training typically consists of 6-8 sessions plus specialized sessions on fostering immigrant and refugee youth.

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To learn more about becoming a foster parent for immigrant and refugee children, fill out the form below.

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What does it take to become a foster parent?

  • Compassion

    Protect and invest in a child’s future and create a new family together.

  • Time

    Spend with the child daily, take the child to medical, counseling and other appointments, and meet with and learn from foster program staff.

  • Openness

    Learn about your child’s experiences and cultural background and a be willing to open your heart and home.

Having a foster family is very important to ensure children have a safe environment while they are waiting for reunification. I have seen children flourish and open up so much more.
Lizette Cuevas, Global Refuge Senior Program Officer

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