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May 2005Vol. 6, No. 4National Foster Care Month: "Change a Lifetime"

May is National Foster Care Month, an opportunity to focus attention on addressing the needs of this country's 523,000 children and youth living in foster care. Casey Family Programs is once again leading this effort, in partnership with 13 national organizations including the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and its National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning. The focus of the partnership is to call all Americans to take action on behalf of the children and youth in foster care in their own communities, in May and throughout the year.

The National Foster Care Month website offers useful tools for any individual or organization wishing to get involved. Resources include:

  • An extensive media kit with factsheets, campaign spokesperson bios, and a list of experts available for interviews
  • A toolkit containing logos and graphics, sample letters and proclamations, and Foster Care Month activities
  • A State-by-State listing of Foster Care Month events
  • Information on foster care success stories

Foster Care Month originated in 1988 when the National Foster Parent Association persuaded Senator Strom Thurmond to introduce a resolution to proclaim May as National Foster Care Month. Early efforts focused on appreciation and recognition of foster parents; in the 1990s, Foster Care Month focused on youth in transition. The campaign continues to grow. Last year 41 States and territories reported having Foster Care Month proclamations from their Governors.

For more information, visit the website at