National Foster Care Month

The article below is submitted by The National Youth Advocate Program, a Proud Partner of Family Pride Network, to coincide with National Foster Care Month.  If you would like to share content as an organization or the story of your own family, please contact us at

A couple of years ago, The National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) approached me and Natalie Thomas about relocating to Columbus, Ohio, to open a very special youth center – the Center for Adolescents & Families.  It felt absolutely right, and together we’ve embarked on an incredible journey of helping youth and families in invaluable ways.

According to Franklin County Children’s Services Council, there are more than 30,000 reports of child abuse each year in Franklin County alone.  The National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) is a nonprofit organization committed to healing our community’s youth & families and we need your help! We are seeking safe and loving individuals to open their homes to a NYAP teenager in need of a caring individual or family.

Many of our LGBTQ youth need loving, stable families to care for them as said to us by one of our youth, “If it weren’t for my foster mom, I honestly don’t know where I’d be. She has given me unconditional love and has accepted me as I am.”

NYAP provides state of the art foster parent trainings and endless support to our licensed caregivers. Anyone who’s ever considered helping a young person should call us today at 1-877-NYAP-CAN (1-877-692-7226) or 614-506-9930 for more information on how to become a licensed foster parent.

The National Youth Advocate Program is also excited to announce the one year anniversary of the Center for Adolescents and Families in the German Village area! This great site is devoted to providing creative and effective services to include individual, group and family counseling services along with Alcohol and Drug Treatment to adolescents, adults and families in our community. The Center also carries an emphasis on engagement through various artistic energies. 

To find out how you can get involved in fostering a youth or for more information about services at The Center for Adolescents and Families please call 614-506-9930 or email at:  You may also contact our 24-hour hotline at: 1-877-NYAP-CAN.

Candelaria Mota, M.S.

Assistant Director

National Youth Advocate Program, Inc.

Center for Adolescents and Families