Season 5 of The Fosters was announced on January 10, 2017. There will be a total of 22 episodes, along with a special 3-night series finale event starting on June 4. The new season premiered on July 11, 2017.
On January 3, 2018, it was announced that this would be the last season of the show.
In the season premiere, Stef frantically searches for Callie after she offers to help Diamond, thinking she has nothing to lose after accepting the plea deal. Struggling with his TBI, Jesus unleashes his anger after discovering Brandon helped Emma with a deeply personal decision. With Mariana leading the charge, protests continue over Anchor Beach Charter’s privatization.
Callie gets control of her life and starts auditing art classes at a local college. Jesus distances himself from Mariana and Brandon so he can build his treehouse with Gabe alone. Jude and Mariana get involved with the school’s newspaper to spread the word about the impending privatization. The Fosters get a new neighbor that has history with Stef.
Callie and Aaron go on their first official date. Mariana and Jude spearhead an underground school newspaper. Noah and Jude question their compatibility, while Brandon and Grace take their relationship to the next level. The moms have their new neighbors over for a family dinner party.
Callie and Aaron discuss taking their relationship to the next level. Jesus confronts Lena (and Stef) regarding Lena saying she was afraid of Jesus (the violent effects of his TBI). Brandon and Jesus have a verbal and physical fight. Mariana finds fulfillment training with the Latina derby team. Brandon’s new girlfriend Grace catches him playing hero to his ex-girlfriend Courtney.
The Fosters kids attend a party at the Derby warehouse, but things escalate quickly when the cops show up. Lena struggles when Stef starts to become obsessed with an ongoing case at work, meanwhile Brandon’s relationship with Grace is put into jeopardy with Courtney back in his life.
Callie is torn with turning over a new leaf or supporting a cause that means a lot to her, while Jude and Taylor begin making gaming videos that earn them unwanted notoriety. Stef makes major headway in her case. Meanwhile, Jesus explodes with anger after Lena decides to take him to a special hospital because he keeps breaking their rules.
Callie and her friends create buzz for Ximena's plight at an anti-immigration rally; an unlikely source offers a key piece of evidence that may help save Anchor Beach from going private; the family celebrates Stef's birthday.
The family travels to Turks & Caicos for Brandon and Eliza’s wedding where they find themselves at odds with their future in-laws, meanwhile when Brandon and Eliza find themselves butting heads, Brandon turns to the person who knows him best.