Foster Care

Foster Care

Gateway has Alabama's longest track record of positive outcomes for children in foster care.

In 1891, long before the child welfare system existed, a group of courageous women recognized the need to care for homeless children on the streets of Birmingham. Instead of looking the other way, they founded the city's original orphanage.  One hundred and twenty-six years later, Gateway has the longest track record of experience and positive outcomes caring for Alabama's foster children.

Throughout our history, Gateway has developed and implemented innovative services to meet the needs of Alabama foster youth.  With our strong network of foster parents and partnership with the Alabama Department of Human Resources, Gateway provides different levels of care for children from the hardest backgrounds of abuse and neglect.  The result is transformational, with kids becoming strong, connected and contributing young adults.

Foster Care Services

Therapeutic Foster Care

In five years, more than 140 children have found forever families through Gateway therapeutic foster care.

Intensive Residential

Birmingham's original orphanage is now Alabama's healing place for foster youth from the hardest backgrounds of trauma.

Independent Living Program

Gateway exceeds national statistics helping foster youth graduate from high school, get jobs and become strong young adults.