Mothers and fathers we.... we have to love our children more in order in to make the sacrifices it takes to put them first.
— Dana to Lena in Mother
General Information
Gender: Female
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Address: Berkeley, CA
Status: Alive
Family & Friends
Family: Stewart Adams (husband)
Lena Adams Foster (daughter)
Nathan Adams (step-son)
Stef Foster (daughter-in-law)
Brandon Foster (step-grandson)
Jesus Foster (adoptive grandson)
Mariana Foster (adoptive granddaughter)
Jude Adams Foster (adoptive grandson)
Callie Adams Foster (adoptive granddaughter)
Francesca Adams Foster (unborn granddaughter; deceased)
Relationships Stewart Adams (husband)
Personal Information
Education: College graduate (presumably)
Production Information
First appearance: Quinceanera
Last appearance: Forty
Portrayer: Lorraine Toussaint

Dana Adams is the mother of Lena Adams, the mother-in-law of Stef Foster and the grandmother of BrandonJesusMariana, Callie and Jude. She appears in the fourth episode of the first season of The FostersQuinceañera, in order to celebrate Jesus and Mariana's fifteenth birthday. 

She is portrayed by Lorraine Toussaint.


Dana is Lena's mother. She married a white man and had Lena, a biracial woman. She has a strained relationship with her daughter, believing that Lena doesn't know what it's like to be a "real" black woman due to her only being half black. However, when needed most, she is there for her and gives motherly love to her.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Dana is a black woman who is about 5'9 in height. Her black hair is about shoulder length and is usually worn straight.


Quinceañera In this episode, Dana is introduced as Lena's mother. She makes her entrance into the Fosters' home in order to celebrate Jesus and Mariana's birthday. Meanwhile, she meets Callie and Jude and politely greets them and she mentions that she has presents. Later on, Dana is seen with her dress as they prepare for the quinceanera and she is seen trying to fix Lena's hair. Later on, Lena and Dana get into a disagreement about the color of their skin, when Dana makes a rude remark that Lena will never know what it's like to be a black woman. Lena gets offended and Dana feels bad. In the end, she can be seen complimenting Lena on the party and taking pictures and enjoying the rest of the night with the family.

I Do Dana comes back for the wedding. She and Sharon don't get along when they disagree on the flowers for the wedding.


Mother Dana comes to visit Lena at the hospital after Lena loses the baby.

Christmas Past Lena calls Dana and asks to speak with Nate.

More Than Words Dana, Stewart, Nate, and Faith come over to the Fosters' house to have a dinner with them. Lena insists that Dana doesn't apologize to Nate after he calls her a hateful word. Afterwards, they confront Nate, forcing him and his girlfriend to leave the house.


Appearances (8/91)Edit

Season 1 (3/21)

Season 2 (2/21)

Season 3 (2/20)

Season 4 (1/20)



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Main Stef Adams FosterLena Adams FosterBrandon FosterCallie Adams FosterMariana Adams FosterJude Adams FosterJesus Adams FosterMike Foster
Recurring Adam StevensAdriana GutierrezAJ HensdaleAna GutierrezBeckaCarmenColeConnor StevensDani KirklandDaphne KeeneEmmaGabriel DuncroftHayley Heinz
Jack DowneyJill QuinnKatKelseyKiaraLexi RiveraLou ChanMat Tan
Monte PorterMr. TimothyNickNoahRafaelRita HendricksRobert QuinnSophia QuinnTalya BanksTonyVico CerarWyattZac Rogers
Minor Main Article: List of Minor Characters
Amanda RogersCaptain RobertsChase DillonDana AdamsDariaDevoneeDonald JacobErnesto RiveraEvanFrank CooperGabiKarina SánchezLiam OlmsteadSarahSharon ElkinSonya RiveraTaylor

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