21 Inspiring Foster Care Quotes

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There are over 400,000 foster children in the US alone. You could be the foster parents a foster child is looking for. But where do you begin learning more about fostering a child? 

It can help to read foster care quotes to feel the inspiration of this labor of love and gain more insight into the process. Check out these 21 foster care quotes to get started.

1. Permanence of Love 

“You might be temporary in their lives; they might be temporary in yours. But there is nothing temporary about the love or the lesson.” - Tonia Christle.

Tonia Christie's quote sums up love's lasting impact on a foster child's life.

2. Importance of Family

“Family is a life jacket in the stormy sea of life.” - J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling captures the importance of family in the Harry Potter series, which this quote nicely sums up. 

3. Be the Champion

“Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.” – Rita F. Pierson

Rite F. Pierson is a US educator who often focuses on under-served children and has seen first-hand the impact adults can have on changing children's lives. 

4. The Story Changes 

“We do not need to know the beginning of a child’s story to change the ending.”- Fi Newood

Foster parents can help change the story of a child's life, opening up a lifetime of new adventures and possibilities for them to enjoy during this lifetime.

5. We Are All Parents

“An aware parent loves all children he or she interacts with — for you are a caretaker for those moments in time.” – Doc Childre

As societies change, it can be easy to forget the importance of community and how every adult has an impact on raising a child. It means we are all parents in different ways, but you can make that more official by becoming foster parents.

6. From an Adoptive Parent

 “Somehow, destiny comes into play. These children end up with you, and you end up with them. It’s something quite magical.” - Nicole Kidman

Actress Nicole Kidman is an adoptive parent. Here she sums up the experience of foster and adoptive parents beautifully. 

7. What Makes a Parent

 “What makes you a man is not the ability to make a child; it’s the courage to raise one.” - Barack Obama

Barack Obama said this in one of his speeches. It rings true for many people who have the courage to decide to become foster parents. 

8. Being a Foster Mom

“Children born to another woman call me ‘mom.’ The magnitude of that tragedy and the depth of that privilege are not lost on me.” - Jody Landers

Jody Landers is an adoptive mom, but this also is what many foster moms describe as a bittersweet experience, with elements of tragedy and incredible joy. 

9. What IS FOSTERING About

“Fostering is not about us. It never was and never will be. Foster care is about serving, loving on others, and being the one constant in a child’s life when they are going through a really hard time.” - Jeremy Garman

Fostering is about loving others and helping by fostering a child. You can play a pivotal and consistent role in a difficult time of a child's life.

10. You Can Do It

“Sometimes, our work as caregivers is not for the faint of heart. But you will never know what you are made of until you step into the fire. Step bravely!” - Deborah A. Beasley

Some people wonder if they can be foster parents, but as Deborah A. Beasley, author of Successful Foster Care Adoption, states, you sometimes have to take the leap to find out. 

11. The Difference You Make

“Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters.” - Amy Leigh Mercree

Kindness comes in many forms, and fostering a child can be a lifesaving one. 

12. Foster Children Are Important

”Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.” - Wess Stafford

Every child deserves equal care. 

13. What IS LIFE About

“Life is beautiful. It’s about giving. It’s about family.” - Walt Disney

14. Be the Change

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

This famous quote from Mother Teresa sums up how foster parents help; the difference you make helps create ripples in the entire system.

15. Help a Foster Child's Success

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

You can help a foster child or teen pursue their success story.

16. Foster Parents Are Heroes

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero.” - Fred Rogers

It is incredible to consider becoming foster or adoptive parents, as they are true superheroes.

17. Importance of Belief 

 “Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” - Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson is a former First Lady of the United States, and this quote applies to all children who deserve supportive carers in their lives. 

18. A Cause Worth Fighting For

“If there’s a cause worth fighting for, it’s this: children belong in families.” - Nicole Skellenger

No child should have to grow up without the experience of a family. Fostering makes the family experience possible. 

19. Shared Responsibility

“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

20. LET'S Change Society

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” - Nelson Mandela

Fostering a child helps you become part of the change for an equal society.

21. Are You Ready?

“I always questioned whether I was ready to adopt. Then I realized no child was ready to be an orphan.” – Unknown.

Be Inspired BY These Foster Care Quotes

Whether you are considering becoming a foster parent or a foster child, let these quotes inspire you on your journey. While fostering a child is an individual journey, these foster care quotes reflect some of the shared experiences many parents have when going through the process.

So, what is the next step? If you are ready to foster a child or want to learn more and are based in Virginia, we are here to help. Do not hesitate to reach out

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