We believe children and youth in Idaho deserve to live happy, healthy lives in their communities and should be protected from abuse, neglect or abandonment.
Children have the right to grow and develop in safe, healthy, and permanent family environments. Idaho receives nearly 23,000 calls per year of suspected child abuse, neglect, or abandonment, so you are not alone if you need to report concerns about a child. Learn what to do if you need to make a report as we answer this and other questions about Idaho’s reporting law.
Strengthening Idaho's Families
Thriving families are a key to thriving communities. We know that parenting children can be hard; especially in these stressful times. That is why we created idahofamilysupport.org as a resource to all of us who need help sometimes. If you would like to talk to someone, call or text the Help Now Line at 986-867-1073.
A family home is the best place for a child to live. But some parents cannot provide a safe home and, as a result, the child is placed in foster care. Becoming a foster parent means opening your life to a child or sibling group in foster care to provide them with a safe, nurturing home. It is a wonderful and life-changing experience for foster parents and children alike.
Adoption provides a child with a life-long legal and emotional family relationship. It includes the legal transfer of all parental rights from the child’s mother and father to another person or couple. Adoptive parents have the same rights and responsibilities to their child as parents whose children were born to them.
Idaho's foster care program
Children and youth specialized needs resources
The Children's Special Health Program (CSHP) is a statewide financial assistance program for uninsured children with a qualifying medical condition(s) requiring long-term multi-disciplinary medical treatment and rehabilitative measures to improve ability to function. CSHP works with families, providers, and communities to ensure access to care that is family-centered, community-based, and culturally sensitive.
Idaho Parents Unlimited (IPUL) supports, empowers, educates, and advocates to enhance the quality of life for Idahoans with disabilities and their families, and assists families who have children from birth to age 26. IPUL works with parents, family members, and caregivers of children and youth with disabilities and special health care needs alongside the professionals who are a part of their lives.