refugee foster care

fostering a better world

Seeking warm-hearted, globally-conscious families to welcome a refugee youth into their home

Refugee Foster Care (RFC) resettles Unaccompanied Refugee Minors into long-term foster homes throughout the Bay Area and continues supportive services to both the youth and families. Working throughout eight counties, we are the only program in the Bay Area serving these youth. Be part of an international effort to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable children. You’ll provide a life filled with hope to a refugee youth, and we’ll be with you every step of the way.


"My husband Paul and I decided to become refugee foster parents. We've met teenagers from Honduras, Liberia, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Somalia. These kids have helped me understand that even though there is so much suffering, there is so much love. It has been a gift to be with them." - Denise

Who are Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM)?
Countless youth are forced to flee their countries on their own, due to persecution and war. Separated from family or orphaned by war and/or exploited by child traffickers, these children are displaced and alone. They long for safety, care, family, and a place to call home.

Who can be a foster parent?
As our youth come from all over the world, we strive to reflect that diversity in our foster parents. We welcome parents of all backgrounds, lifestyles, and ages over 21. Please note we serve the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito.

Program support for foster parents:

  • Training

  • Direct support from social workers

  • Parent Partner/Family Preservationist

  • Monthly financial stipend

  • Respite Care

  • Community of like-minded parents

How can I help?

  • Become a foster parent

  • Rent a room to an older youth

  • Volunteer

  • Sponsor program dinners

  • Invite us to speak at your events

  • Donate


For more information about the youth we serve, click here.

Contact Us!
P: (866) 842-1467
E: rfc@catholiccharitiesSCC.org
Twitter: @RFCBayArea
Facebook: Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County