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May 2014Vol. 15, No. 5May Is National Foster Care Month

The Children's Bureau joins with many other organizations to support National Foster Care Month each year through a website on Child Welfare Information Gateway. This year's National Foster Care Month theme, "Building Blocks Toward Permanent Families," highlights the fundamental practices in child welfare that are key to supporting permanence for children, youth, and families:

  1. Building family and community connections
  2. Enhancing well-being for children, youth, and families
  3. Engaging families in case planning
  4. Enriching caseworker and family visits
  5. Strengthening families through permanence
  6. Supporting families and caregivers through services

This year's website features resources for youth, caregivers, and professionals with information about each of the building blocks to support efforts to strengthen families throughout the permanence process. The website also includes several real-life stories from children and youth in foster care and formerly in foster care, families, child welfare professionals, and others involved in child welfare. The Promote section provides a variety of tools to help organizations, agencies, and individuals spread the word about National Foster Care month. An updated map offers State-by-State foster care information, including State officials' contact information and agency websites.

Along with the Children's Bureau, National Foster Care Month is co-sponsored by its information service, Child Welfare Information Gateway, the National Association of State Foster Care Managers, the National Foster Parents Association, the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections, the National Resource Center for Youth Development, and Voice for Adoption.

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