Utah Foster Care (UFC) is a private 501(c)(3) created by the Utah legislature and Governor Mike Leavitt in 1999 to develop innovative strategies to help recruit, train and retain foster families. UFC fulfills this mission through a contract with the Utah Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS).
A number of state and local governments have consulted with Utah Foster Care in re-structuring their own foster care systems.
UFC is not a child placement agency. Children in Utah are placed in foster homes by DCFS. UFC is not a government agency, but unique among child welfare organizations in the country. UFC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Our mission is to serve Utah’s children by finding, educating and nurturing families to meet the needs of children in foster care.
In Utah, more than 2,600 children are in foster care at any given time because their own families are in crisis. Substance abuse is a factor in more than half of all cases where children are removed from their biological homes.
There are always new children coming into foster care and families leaving the system because of adoption or other personal reasons. UFC has seven offices located throughout the state. In each community, our staff members know the region’s specific needs and engage families at the grassroots level.
UFC is able to offer a host of enrichment programs for foster families only through generous donations and grants. One of the most-utilized programs is our Wishing Well Fund. Through this fund, we are able to “normalize” childhood for children in foster care by providing opportunities the state is unable to provide. These “wishes” include sports camps, music lessons, a new bike, a prom dress, a baseball mitt, and other items their foster families may not be able to afford.