Foster Care Quotes

Quotes call out to people looking for something that describes their experiences, their hopes, desires and feelings in the perfect way. Foster care quotes do that for those who have devoted their lives to helping abused and neglected children experience a happy and healthy childhood. Below are some of our favorite foster care quotes.

Foster Care Quotes

“A child born to another woman calls me mom. The depth of the tragedy and the magnitude of the privilege are not lost on me.” -Jody Landers

“Instead of growing in my belly, they grew in my heart.” -Anonymous

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin

“People say ‘he’s so lucky to have you.’ The truth is I’m so lucky to have him.” -Anonymous

“An aware parent loves all children he or she interacts with – for you are a caretaker for those moments in time.” – Doc Childre

“Parenthood requires love, not DNA.” -Anonymous

“Families don’t have to match. You don’t have to look like someone else to love them.” -Leigh Anne Tuohy

“You were born with the ability to change someone’s life. Don’t ever waste it.” -Anonymous

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.” – Rita F. Pierson

“There is no better gift to give a child than a family.” -Anonymous

“Love makes a family.” -Anonymous

“I may not have carried you for 9 months but I will spend the rest of my life loving you, protecting you, and doing whatever I need to make you happy.” -Anonymous

“There are no unwanted children. Just unfound families.” -Anonymous

“If you can help a child, you don’t have to spend years repairing an adult.” – Joyce Meyer

“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“Sometimes our work as caregivers is not for the faint of heart. But, you will never know what you are made of until you step into the fire. Step bravely!” ― Deborah A. Beasley

“If you can help a child, you don’t have to spend years repairing and adult.” -Anonymous

“We live in a world in we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” -Fred Rogers

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.” -H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Why hold on to someone when you know you have to let them go?” -A Foster Child

“Never underestimate how much you can love someone and how it can change their life. Never forget that the hardest ones to love are the ones that need it most.”

Did we miss your favorite foster care quote? Please add it in the comments section and we’ll be sure to update our list.

Author: Lloyd Nelson, FAFS Digital Media Manager

Lloyd Nelson is the Digital Media Manager of Foster and Adoptive Family Services. He can be reached at

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18 thoughts on “Foster Care Quotes

  1. I love these quotes….. I was in foster care and I think often the church tries to look the other way or they don’t know how to respond to this issue, this needs to be addressed! THANK YOU FOR Y’ALLS HELP IN THIS AREA!!!!!!!

  2. I am a 13 year old foster child and lived in foster care for almost three years. and I have a quote you should publish for me. “Why hold on to someone when you know you have to let them go.” Thank you.

    1. To love for a little while is better than to not have loved. So sorry for your sadness. I was a foster parent, we adopted three beautiful kids. I wish all storys and experiences were good, sadly thay are not. There is God who loves, who’s son loves, and whos children love. I pray you find them.

  3. Here’s a quote…
    Never underestimate how much you can love someone and how it can change their life. Never forget that the hardest ones to love are the ones that need it most

  4. Hi it’s caeley and i’m 15 now, iv’e been in foster care for five years now, and my friend selena died a sad saturday morning in august 2016. She was only fiveteen and to be sixteen in five days. I miss her alot. still haven been able to get home, and iḿ suffering more depression and loss. I tried to comitt suicide 7 times. I just had no other option. I am glad to have some people who understand.

    1. Hi Caeley,

      We’re so sorry to hear about your friend. I know how difficult it can be to lose a friend, especially so young. It’s so important that you share your feelings with friends and counselors because grieving isn’t easy and we all go through it differently. But by sharing memories and feelings of friendship with adults around you, you may find that you feel better — even if it’s just a little bit. But Caeley, suicide is never the answer. Your life matters – you matter – even if it’s incredibly hard to see in the moment. People care, even when it seems like they don’t. Please talk to someone — a counselor, a teacher, an adult. Please call 1-800-273-8255 if your ever feeling that way again. People understand and they really do care, just give them the chance by opening up to them. We care which is why in situations we have to call to make sure you, and anyone like you, is safe. Please Caeley, remember you are not alone.

  5. thanks. I am glad your here. I’m fine now but i still wish i was home with my mom, and that my friend is gone. I have spent so much time with false family that i forgot how it feels to be loved by your real family. I want that chance. I’m a rock collecter now so it helps. I wish for all of the people who read this to understand and if you want to mail me something or a card or whatever at Deer Lake Girls Home.

  6. I was in foster care from 9-16 years old. I’m 45 now, and a foster parent with 7 bio & adopted kids. I strive to be the mom & foster mom I always dreamed of having. I wish more adults that grew up in the system would become foster parents, we have the ability to understand & give them the tools to be ok, in spite of the life they were dealt, that other ppl can’t learn from a book.

  7. As a foster mom n soon to b adopted mom to 3 great kiddos it breaks my heart that I can’t help more I’m doing this as a single mom n once adoption is final I would love to do emergency fostercare It’s heard but worth it

  8. i have two grands in froster care whom i love deepley and i miss everyday im also frighting to care for them ive been to P.RI.D.A.CLASSES123456 also i got my Med clarnes been to two orintion at Bethe christin severs thay say it dont count now i nerd help to get or try get my babies all i need is finger prints from orintion dateA.S.A.P. AND MY LASTCHAPTER OF PRIDE I CALLD EVERY BODY DID A LOT OF WALKIMG AND CRYING WITH NO RESULTS. AT DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT I DO HAVE A NAVAGETER SHES BEEN HELP UP TO THIS FAR I DID ALL THIS WITHOUT NO FROSTER CARE WORKER AT ALL SOMEBODY NOT DOING THEY JOB PLEASE HELP AND RESPOND A.S

    1. Thank you for reaching out, Mrs. Lockett. If the children are here in NJ, as a relative, it is important that you are contacting the caseworker directly to express that you are interested in being a potential placement. I would highly recommend that you give us a call at 800-222-0047 and ask to speak to your Family Advocate for your county for further support and/or advocacy to assist in this situation.

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