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 […]

Development Director Reports to CEO Full-time Position Summary: Develop and implement a strategic plan to raise funds in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner. Responsible for soliciting individuals, foundations and government funding sources, and managing corporate sponsorship negotiations.  Essential job expectations: Work with UFC Board Development Committee to coordinate and pursue funding and development opportunities focusing […]

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 […]

Congratulations to our Western Region Foster Mom of the Year Jessica Longmore! Jessica and her husband David have been foster parents since 2014. Jessica is a Registered Nurse with four biological children, who are all homeschooled. Jessica effectively juggles sporting events, therapy, doctor appointments, school activities, and more while she teaches piano and music that […]

We are pleased to introduce you to Heidi Naylor, Utah Foster Care’s new Foster Parent Retention Services Specialist in Western Region. Heidi is known for her enthusiasm and will be a valuable resource to foster families in Utah County and surrounding areas. We asked Heidi to tell us a little bit about herself.  I am […]