May is National Foster Care Month
May 1, 2015
This May, the Children’s Bureau celebrates National Foster Care Month, recognizing and promoting the efforts to enhance the lives of children and youth in foster care.
This year’s National Foster Care Month theme is “Get to Know the Many Faces of Foster Care” and will highlight the diversity of the children, youth, families, and professionals involved in child welfare. This year’s theme also draws attention to the fact that permanency is just as diverse as the people involved. Permanency can mean kinship care, guardianship, or lifelong permanent connections.
The Children’s Bureau’s National Foster Care Month website (https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/) provides free information and tools to support those who enhance the lives of children and youth in foster care, including foster parents, kinship caregivers, child welfare professionals, and the community. State-specific foster care information; real-life stories from families, youth, foster parents, and caseworkers; and tools to promote National Foster Care Month.
Here are five ways you can improve permanency:
- Inspire others by sharing real-life stories from foster families, youth, and caseworkers.
- Promote National Foster Care Month through outreach materials, including social media and email messages.
- Access State-specific foster care information, including State agency websites.
- Connecting youth, foster parents, and caregivers with resources and information developed to help answer their questions and find support.
- Learn and share additional ways you and the entire community can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care.
Visit the website today, and bookmark it for later use at https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/.
For more information, contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.394.3366.