11:19am PT by Kate Stanhope
ABC Family Renews 'The Fosters' for Season 4
The Fosters will be back.
ABC Family has renewed the family drama for a fourth season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The renewal comes a month ahead of the network's name change to Freeform.
The series stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum as a lesbian couple raising a blended family of biological and adopted children of various ethnicities and backgrounds.
In addition to being a steady ratings performer for the network, the series has also received acclaim for its portrayal of LGBT themes, winning the GLAAD Media Award for outstanding drama series, as well as the TCA Award for achievement in youth programming. Jennifer Lopez also received the GLAAD Vanguard Award for her work as an executive producer on the series.
She is joined by exec producers Bradley Bredeweg, Joanna Johnson, Peter Paige, Greg Gugliotta, Elaine Goldsmith Thomas and Benny Medina. The series is produced by Nuyorican Productions, Inc. in association with ABC Family.
"We have so many more stories to tell about The Fosters family — these incredible characters have come into our lives and touched so many — from Stef and Lena’s wedding to the adoptions of Callie and Jude," said ABC Family exec vp programming and development Karey Burke. "We look forward to more of the groundbreaking storytelling from this creative team."
The Fosters joins returning ABC Family original dramas Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth and Stitchers. The second half of The Fosters' third season premieres in January.