About Us

11,829 foster families recruited, trained, and supported since 1999.

Utah Foster Care is a statewide nonprofit with a mission to find, educate, and support foster families in all parts of Utah. Our team members live in the cities and towns they serve… they know their communities’ needs. With knowledge and expertise, they reach out to local families, who open their hearts and their homes to abused and neglected children. Our community of support is deep and wide. Each year, these professionals produce incredible results — results which other states hold up as a model of how to take care of their children in need. We surpass goals, set by the state of Utah, year after year. We welcome accountability — and we back that up with a stable financial reporting record. We operate eight offices, statewide: Ogden, Murray, Orem, Vernal, Price, Richfield, Moab, & St George.

Director of Education, Mick Woolsey leads a dedicated team of Educators.

Incredible Results | FY16

1,054 consultations with prospective parents. 671 new foster families trained (508 foster, 163 kinship). 2,730 hours of training for current and prospective foster parents. 305 foster parent peer support meetings. By caring about one child at a time, we improve our Utah community.

It’s because of positive outcomes that Utah Foster Care continues to be a key part of the unique “Utah solution” to an on-going challenge in child welfare — a history of success that stretches back 17 years. That’s when the Utah legislature and governor’s office created us to find innovative ways to meet this challenge by identifying, training, and providing continuing support for foster families.

The Baldonado family, from price, benefits from our statewide programs.

Our Community of Support

Children in foster care would not have access to enrichment programs like the Wishing Well Fund, Giving Tree, and Foster Family Camp without your generous gifts. Through donations, Utah Foster Care is able to offer these value-added programs at little or no cost to foster families.

Gifts of $5,000 or Greater

Anonymous • Altschul Foundation • Aspen Grove Family Camp & Conference Center • Barnes & Noble Booksellers • John Byrne • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Foundation • Division of Child & Family Services • Endeavor Foundation • EsNet Management Group • Hollie Evans • Family Support Center • Gateway Mall (Vestar) • George S. & Dolores Eccles Foundation • Robert & Kim Gerlach • In-N-Out Burger Foundation • Major Drilling America • Malouf Fine Linens • Nuskin Force for Good Foundation • Quilts, Etc • Kobe James Talbot • Vista Outdoor

View The Complete List of Donors

A sincere thanks to the many friends of children in foster care who donated to Utah Foster Care in fiscal year 2016 (FY16) — and to the many who donate year after year.

Your donations help kids in care pay for activities that normalize childhood — like Basketball and Band.


Our Board of Directors is a diverse group of community and business leaders who believe that children are the future of Utah, and who understand that providing them with safe, nurturing homes is critical to their well-being.

Meet Our Board of Directors & Senior Staff

Fiscal Responsibility

Below, please find our financial declaration, a statement from our auditors, and the 990 form (available later in the year).

For previous annual reports, visit utahfostercare.org/annualreports.

Our 990 Form will be available and posted for download in January of 2017.

Along with foster families who provide safe and nurturing homes, community support is vital to the children who are served by Utah Foster Care’s programs. We offer our sincere thanks to the companies and individuals who recognize the impact that one caring individual can have on the life of a child.

Kelly Peterson
Chief Executive Officer
Utah Foster Care

Lisa Watts Baskin
Chair, Board of Directors
Utah Foster Care

Serving Utah's Children Since 1999

In Partnership with the Utah Division of Child & Family Services