Refugee Foster Care 2017-07-23T13:52:09+00:00

Journey Of Hope

Immigrant and Refugee Foster Care

Journey Of Hope - Family 01

Family is one of the ideal places for a child to grow and develop into healthy adulthood. Each year thousands of children are separated from their families due to war, conflict, natural disaster or abuse by caregivers who were meant to protect them. These situations create upheaval in their lives forcing them to flee from countries in Central America, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. They embark on dangerous journeys seeking a place they can be safe and call home.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) partners with agencies across the country to provide foster homes which allow these children to find the safety and support of a loving family. We invite you to partner with us in providing a safe home where children can learn to understand the trauma they faced in their home country and grow into healthy adults. Each refugee or immigrant child has a different story, but the love and support you can provide will change your and their life forever. Contact us to find out how this new chapter can begin as your family offers hope and healing to a child from another country.


Refugee Foster Care – JOH Preliminary Application


Refugee Foster Care – JOH Parent Training Programs


Foster Care for Unaccompanied Refugee and Immigrant Children

Section Separator - JOH Program

What Does It Take To Become a Refugee Foster Family?

  • Passion to invest in a child’s future and create a new family together
  • Time to spend with the child daily, time to take the child to medical, counseling and other appointments, time to meet with and learn from foster program staff
  • Openness to learn about your child’s culture, country and background and a willingness to share your culture as well

Each family is unique! Just as children’s stories are unique and diverse, so too are the stories of the families who foster them. Foster families come from diverse cultural backgrounds, are single or married, have children or have no prior parenting experience.

Remember you are never alone! You are connected to LIRS partners, caseworkers, and will receive training and support throughout your experience to help guide you through your journey of fostering an immigrant youth!

Journey Of Hope - Family 04
Section Separator - JOH Program

The Process: Refugee Foster Care

Journey Of Hope - Family 02

JOH Process 1Learn about becoming a foster parent for immigrant youth. Connect with a LIRS partner site for more information at:

JOH Process 2Become a licensed foster parent. Each state’s timelines and requirements are different but typically include:

  • Attending an orientation session
  • Completing an application
  • Providing references
  • Documentation and financial stability
  • Fingerprinting and background check
  • Interviews with the family
  • Home study assessment

JOH Process 3Get Trained. Foster parent training is typically 6-8 sessions plus specialized sessions on fostering immigrant and refugee youth

Section Separator - JOH Program
Journey of Hope - Family 05
What do foster parents say about the benefits of fostering a refugee or immigrant child?

“Sense of being a real help to someone in profound and life-changing ways on a day to day basis is tremendously rewarding.”

“Being able to introduce a child to so many new things and see it through their eyes.”

“Prepare to be in it for the long haul. Have fun with the child and give yourself time to grow to love them. Invest all you can into them because if you stay with them, your investment stays with them.”

What are children saying about being in a foster family?

“I am happy. I have brothers and sisters, a mom and a dad, a church, and no soldiers. I am happy.”

“My experience is that I have this family, like my real family, which [makes me] feel safe.”

“They love me and include me in their family. They are the best parents ever!”

Section Separator - JOH Program
Journey of Hope - Family 03

The rewards of fostering refugee and immigrant youth are countless. Refugee and immigrant children range in age from 0-21 and come from all around the world. Each child has their own unique story and they all need a safe and loving family in the United States.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Logo.jpgLutheran Immigration and
Refugee Service

A Partner of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)
LIRS is nationally recognized for its leadership with and for refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, migrants in detention, families fractured by migration, and other vulnerable populations. LIRS walks alongside migrants and refugees through over 60 grassroots legal and social service partners nationwide.