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May 2007Vol. 8, No. 4Celebrate National Foster Care Month

For this 20th celebration of National Foster Care Month, sponsors are urging Americans to "Change a Lifetime" by taking action to have a positive impact on the life of a child in foster care. This year's focus spotlights the needs of the 513,000 children in foster care and what citizens can do to help—whether they have a little or a lot of time to contribute. For instance:

  • If you have a few minutes to help—Learn the facts about foster care, send a care package, make a donation.
  • If you have a few hours to help—Make a presentation, honor an individual, become a virtual mentor.
  • If you have a few weeks to help—Become a licensed respite care provider, tutor a child, provide career or financial advice to older youth.
  • If you have more time—Become a court-appointed special advocate, make a permanency pact, become a foster or adoptive parent.

The National Foster Care Month sponsors, a partnership of child welfare organizations, offer a variety of tools and information on their website to help broadcast the "Change a Lifetime" message. The website resources are designed to help child welfare organizations, the media, and citizens become informed and involved. In addition to the menu of ways to help, the website provides statistics on children in foster care, tools for agencies and community organizations to promote the campaign, and success stories about foster care alumni.

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.

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