A shy and awkward 15-year-old, Blake did not know how to ride a bike. He grew up around drugs, had been in and out of homeless shelters, and experienced all types of abuse. His only hobby was listening to music, which made it hard for him to know how to introduce himself to others or […]

Want to Adopt a Child?  Utah Foster Care (UFC) invites your family to learn more about adopting through foster care at events marking November as National Adoption Month. If you have questions about your qualifications or the process, these events are for you! Each year, more than 600 children are adopted from foster care in […]

Dealing with tantrums, or sudden/severe behaviors at any age can be one of the more frustrating aspects about parenting. Often, we find ourselves engaged in this tug of war, a battle of the wills. However, here is the interesting thing about this game of tug of war. If we simply drop the rope, we are […]

Did you know that only half of the foster families in Salt Lake and Tooele counties can document their immunization status? This means that Utah’s Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS) is having a tough time placing younger and unimmunized children into otherwise available homes. The Utah Department of Health (UDoH) encourages all foster parents and any […]

In January, after thirteen months in care, Liz and Derik Howcroft adopted their daughter Katlyn. Adopting from foster care isn’t unusual. In fact, from July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016, 416 Utah children were adopted by non-relatives. But Katlyn’s adoption was unusual because she had recently turned eighteen. Sadly, last year, in our state, 8% of […]

Draper residents Rob and Kim Gerlach began their journey as foster parents when they were asked to care for a baby girl through a distant relative. After learning that the greatest need is for families to foster teens, they became foster parents to several teenage boys (going from diapers to dating!). When asked about their […]

After nearly five years, utahfostercare.org is sporting a new look! While our web team has always kept the web site up-to-date, it took a special effort to update the functionality of the web site to better meet the needs of modern web surfers—including the 50% of our viewers who visit using mobile devices! So Utah […]

You may have heard that Utah is experiencing a surge in the number of children being placed in foster care because of abuse or neglect. In fact, the Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS) is having trouble finding foster homes for even young children. Many of these young children also have older brothers and sisters […]

It would be hard to find a father more involved in his children’s lives than Marcos. In every placement over the last 6 years, he has never missed one court hearing, one family team meeting, or one bio family visit. He makes it to most of the doctor appointments as well and has taken off […]

Pleasant Grove residents Nate Ingles and his wife Maren have been foster parents since 2015. The Ingles family took in a newborn girl who was ultimately diagnosed with liver cancer shortly after placement. Nate committed his time and energy to care for the child, even taking extended time to work from home to meet her […]