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How Being a Foster Parent Will Transform Your Life for the Better

Updated: May 28, 2021

You may know that by being a foster parent you will transform the life of a child, but did you know that your life will also be transformed in many wonderful and lasting ways?

  • You get to hear more laughter and giggles

  • You stay young at heart

  • You have an opportunity to teach compassion

  • You will have the satisfaction of being a positive influence in the life of a child in need of care, love and a sense of belonging

  • Your family will develop an even stronger bond

  • You will have more love in your life and so much more!

In 2021, on any given day in the United States, there are approximately 440,000 children living in foster care. These children come from a range of backgrounds and have variety of needs, but one thing is true for all: they need a safe and caring home.

After “aging out” of the system, 25% of foster teens will experience homelessness at least once.

A caring and involved foster parent can help guide the teen to give them the tools necessary to be independent as an adult.

Children with disabilities are three times more likely to be abused.

Children with intellectual and mental health disabilities have nearly five times the risk of being sexually abused.

These children need a safe haven.

As a licensed Resource Family Agency (Foster Family Agency) (RFA License #370603102), Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) believes all children belong in families. We strive to find Resource / Foster Families for children with special needs in San Diego who are unable to remain with their family of origin. Children thrive when they feel safe, secure and loved. It is our goal to recruit Resource Families that can offer these comforts that should be afforded to all children.

We have children waiting for a place to call home. By providing a caring home to a foster child you can set them on the right course for a happy and productive future.

We offer competitive monthly financial and respite stipends, training and support.

Please complete and submit the form below to get started in not only transforming the life of a child, but in transforming your own life in ways you may have never expected. We look forward to hearing from you!


Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) has been transforming the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1981 and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing since 2000. In 2020, we launched Disabled Veteran Employment Services. TMI strives to help our clients to realize their hopes and dreams by providing Employment Solutions, Community Living and Family Support Services throughout San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties. To stay connected with us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Together we can share acceptance and awareness, ultimately contributing to further inclusion.



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