Portraits

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Prospective foster parents often wonder how they are going to handle the ups and downs of fostering. What if the children exhibit challenging behavior? What types of discipline are acceptable? And what are some ways to cope with the stress of caring for children who have been abused or neglected? Every hard moment has lead […]

As excerpted from Iron County Today 5.18.17 –by Holly Linford  In light of May being Foster Care Awareness Month, Cedar City resident, Jen Daughtery has been nominated as Foster Mother of the Year by the Utah Division of Child and Family Services. Amy Bates, a Foster-Adoptive Consultant in the Southwest Region for Utah Foster Care, said […]

As a Foster-adoptive Consultant for Utah Foster Care, I am always looking for effective ways to educate others about foster care issues. During National Foster Care Month in May, my desire to highlight the needs of kids in care increases. While reading an essay written by a teen in our community, I realized sharing her […]