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April 2007Vol. 8, No. 3"Change a Lifetime" During National Foster Care Month

Foster parent organizations, child welfare advocates, community groups, and national organizations will mark National Foster Care Month in May by holding events that educate the public about foster care and celebrate those who devote their lives to helping vulnerable children. The slogan, "Change a Lifetime," encourages nurturing adults and families to make special connections with children in foster care whose own families are in crisis.

The National Foster Care Month partnership offers materials to help groups and individuals participate in the campaign. Factsheets, toolkits, and a media kit are available on their website. Organizations can use the materials to plan their own events in May to recognize the contributions of foster parents and others in their communities.

National Foster Care Month is a partnership of Casey Family Programs, the Annie E. Casey Foundation/Casey Family Services, Black Administrators in Child Welfare, the Children's Bureau, the Child Welfare League of America, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, APHSA/National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators, the National Association of Social Workers, the National Association of State Foster Care Managers, National CASA, the National Foster Care Coalition, the National Foster Parent Association, and the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning.

The May issue of Children's Bureau Express will include a special section on National Foster Care Month.

Visit the National Foster Care Month website for information and materials: