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May 2008Vol. 9, No. 4May Is National Foster Care Month

Everyone has the power to "Change a Lifetime" for a young person in foster care. National Foster Care Month celebrates this theme, providing a special time for recognizing the people who make a difference by serving as foster parents, relative caregivers, mentors, advocates, social workers, and volunteers. The campaigns and activities being organized in communities across the country during National Foster Care Month in May help raise awareness on behalf of young people in foster care and remind citizens that everyone can do something positive to help foster children build a brighter future.

The National Foster Care Month website offers a wealth of resources to learn more about foster care and some of the practical ways to become involved. The National Foster Care Month Toolkit includes ideas, tips, and easy-to-use templates to start a campaign and raise community awareness. The website also offers a newsroom for the media and an events calendar featuring activities and promotions happening across the country. Visit the website today at:

For the first time, the "Walk Me Home" foster care awareness and fundraising event is being organized in 20 States across the country. Walk Me Home is a 5K (3.1 mile) walk sponsored by the National Foster Parent Association to raise awareness of foster care, recruit and retain foster families, and raise funds to support foster care associations nationwide. These events will take place between May and October, and everyone is encouraged to participate. The Walk Me Home website lists local events, virtual walks, and opportunities to financially support walkers or teams. For more information, visit: