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May 2013Vol. 14, No. 4May Is National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize those who enhance the lives of children and youth in foster care. The Children's Bureau—together with its information service, Child Welfare Information Gateway, the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections, the National Resource Center for Youth Development, Voice for Adoption, and the National Association of State Foster Care Managers—supports National Foster Care Month through a website on Child Welfare Information Gateway.

The theme for the 2013 National Foster Care Month is "Supporting Youth in Transition." This year's newly designed website features real-life stories of children and youth in foster care and the adults who have made a difference in their lives. These stories highlight ways in which everyone can enrich the lives of children and youth in foster care. The website's Promote section also provides a variety of tools to help organizations, agencies, and individuals spread the word about National Foster Care month.

As part of this year's initiative, Child Welfare Information Gateway is releasing three publications focused on supporting youth in transition:

  • Helping Youth Transition to Adulthood: Guidance for Foster Parents provides foster parents with tips on how to help youth build a foundation for a successful transition outside of foster care.
  • Working With Youth to Develop a Transition Plan is intended to help child welfare professionals and others who work with transitioning youth to understand the Federal legislative requirements for transition plans and partner with youth to develop a plan that builds on their strengths and supports their needs.
  • Enhancing Permanency for Youth in Out-of-Home Care addresses the specific challenges of permanency planning with youth and highlights successful models and activities.

These resources and more are available on the National Foster Care Month initiative website: