Murphy Harpst

Become a Foster Parent

In a Specialized Foster Care Family, families are trained in the methods necessary to help a troubled child. A family provides for a child's basic needs and is directly involved in the child's specialized care.

Foster families provide structure and support to help the children transition back to their families. While some children are able to return to their families, some need adoptive homes and others need long-term foster care.

Becoming a foster family requires compassion, concern and committment to the children. Parents are reimbursed for their services and receive twenty-four hour support from our staff.

Success Story:

The story of bouncy 11 year-old Susan tells how foster parents are key members of a wonderful team charged with making a difference in the life of a child.  Susan came to Murphy-Harpst from an abusive family in which she was the youngest child. When she arrived at Murphy-Harpst, the child was so distracted emotionally that she could not concentrate and even function in a classroom. Susan did not know how to eat at the table, and could not bathe herself. Following a year of therapy and the loving care of our staff, the little girl progressed to foster care in a good home in Gordon County. With the help of tutoring, Susan now makes good grades in school, is active in her church’s youth group, and enjoys Karate classes.  She is now a happy child and loves to tell stories. Her foster parents found a letter in their mail box that Susan had written to God. The letter asked God to keep her with her new Momma and Daddy forever. Her foster parents are in the process of adopting Susan, and everyone is thrilled.


Four children, who were once viewed as hopeless because of repeated failures in the foster care system, have been successfully adopted in the past 18 months through the Specialized Foster Care Program.



Parents must:

  • be at least twenty-five years of age or older;
  • be in good physical and emotional health;
  • successfully complete training on how to deal with problem behaviors and discipline techniques;
  • possess an accepting attitude;
  • accept the temporary nature of foster care;
  • be willing to partner with other professional staff to help a child manage his/her feelings and behaviors.

Single parents and families with or without children are welcome.

For more information, please contact Arlene Wallace, Director of Specialized Foster Care.