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May 2011Vol. 12, No. 4May Is National Foster Care Month

This month is the time to raise awareness about the nearly 424,000 children and youth in foster care, including the almost 115,000 children awaiting adoption across the country. National Foster Care Month also serves to honor the dedicated adults—foster parents, caseworkers, teachers, mentors, and many others—who make a difference in these children's lives and to encourage more families and individuals to step up and become involved in their local communities.

"Building Connections Through Meaningful Family Engagement" is the National Foster Care Month theme on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website. The 2011 site includes new information and resources on five main topics aimed at building connections with families, youth, siblings, schools, and communities. The website also features personal stories of youth who have achieved permanency and digital stories that link users to the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections website.

The National Foster Care Month website, an initiative led by Casey Family Programs and its partners, offers resources and tools to inform people about foster care and encourage them to get involved. The "Change a Lifetime Menu" demonstrates that no matter how much time someone may have, whether it is a few minutes, hours, weeks, or more, everyone can make a difference in the life of a foster child. The website also offers an events calendar featuring National Foster Care Month activities and promotions across the country.