Gateway Foster And Adoptive Care

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Who We Are

Gateway is a non-profit organization and the local Chapter of Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association.


Gateway sponsors various fundraising activities and gratefully accepts tax-deductible donations to benefit local families and children in alternative care. 

Mission Statement

To promote safety, permanency and well-being for St. Louis area foster and adoptive children by providing services, peer support, and training to resource families.


Gateway seeks to provide leadership and ensure every child has a secure, loving and stable home by empowering and advocating for families. 

Informational Sheet


Gateway Foster and Adoptive Care Association of Greater St. Louis, the local chapter of Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association, mission is to serve and support St. Louis City and St. Louis County resource (foster, kinship and adoptive) families. With the accomplishment of formation and incorporation, Gateway has been able to ensure that resource families both City and County retain representation and are afforded advocacy at state level.



In addition to our vital mission, Gateway has been recognized by the State of Missouri as the local entity responsible for recommendations of Area Representatives for both St. Louis City and County to the Missouri State Foster Care and Adoption Board. The Board works in collaboration with the State of Missouri Children’s Division, the Office of Child Advocate and various state and local agencies.

Through various community partnerships Gateway has been able to provide new winter coats, hats and gloves, back to school supplies, travel opportunities and access to both music (instruments and instruction) and educational scholarships for children in foster care who have the potential for college preparatory work but whose progress may be impeded by economic or social circumstances.



In addition to the services provide for the children, Gateway sponsors both the Foster and Adoptive Parent Speaker’s Bureau, the Foster Youth Speaker’s Bureau and provides advocacy and support resources for parents caring for children with severe emotional, educational and behavioral needs.

With only the clothes on their backs, 65% of the children coming into foster care do not currently have even the minimal support required for growth and development.  Several of the children have been affected not only by abuse and neglect, but by the deteriorating economic conditions in the St. Louis community.



We are active in child welfare issues, offering expertise and support of your actions on behalf of Missouri’s children.



Foster children in the Greater St. Louis area are our future leaders.  They will one day shape our government, communities, families and future generations