How to Write a Thank You Letter to a Foster Mom

Although you do not share a genetic connection, the relationship between a foster mom and foster child can be strong. Often a foster relationship begins with hardship or tragedy, with a child needing special care and support. A foster mom steps in and provides important physical and psychological support to a child. After time passes, you may decide that you wish to write a thank you letter to a foster mom to express your appreciation and gratitude.

Open the letter with a personal salutation, addressing your foster mom with whatever title you call her. For example, if you simply call your foster mom, “mom,” write “Dear Mom.” If you call your foster mom by her first name, write “Dear Linda.”

Begin the letter with a brief paragraph that expresses how much you appreciate her help while you were in her care. You might write, “I’ve been thinking about everything you did for me over the years. You were always there for me, Mom, and I want to thank you for your love and concern.”

Write a paragraph or two that touches on specific events or things your foster mom did for which you are thankful. For example, if your foster mom helped you through high school and always went to your track meets, mention this specifically in your letter. You might write, “Whenever I needed you during high school, you were there for me. You helped me with my English homework and got me through chemistry. I could always count on you sitting in the stands and cheering me on while I ran the 100-meter dash at track meets. Thanks for waiting up for me when I was out to make sure I got home safely.”

Mention how your foster mom’s love and support helped shape you into who you are. For example, you might write, “Your unfailing love and encouragement gave me the strength to keep going even when life was difficult. Thanks to your support, I made it through high school and next semester I plan to graduate with my Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.”

Close the letter with a final sentence about keeping in touch, if applicable, and sign your name. Add your phone number and email address if you wish. For example, you might write, “I hope it’s OK to send you an invitation to my graduation ceremony. It would mean so much to me to have you there 1. Thanks again for everything. Love, Ramona.”

Enclose the letter in an envelope and mail it.

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